For some, a garden is a sanctuary, hobby, or even a local market. In today's do-it-yourself world, gardening can be one of the most enjoyable things to learn about and explore.

If you plan to install or improve your garden, you’ll want it done right to add intrinsic value and curb appeal to your home. An overgrown garden that’s full of weeds and dead grass, will clearly elicit a totally different impression than one that has been thoughtfully well-maintained. 

So whether you choose to create a garden yourself or hire a professional landscaper, it's important to map out your plan. Here are some tips to consider.

Mapping the Land

Creating a garden can be fun, a truly creative project.  But be careful to not overextend yourself.

To start, be sure to understand what types of plants grow best in your area. This information can be obtained by talking to others in your neighborhood, local garden centers, or home improvement stores where you can purchase the perfect plants, fruits, or vegetables that work specifically for you.

Right Tool for the Job

Be sure to use the correct equipment for your project.  This should help to ensure that the results you want are achieved on the first try.  Also, be sure to maintain and care for the tools and equipment you use and purchase so that future tasks can be done with ease.  Basic gardening equipment will likely include a good spade, rake, trowel, shovel, cutters and gloves, amongst other things.  Make a list before you begin so that you’ll have everything you need readily accessible as the work progresses.

Start Planting

Let your garden express your vision and passion whether it be the creation of a longed-for vegetable garden, a stunningly-colorful bed of enchanting flowers, or an aromatic herb garden. Conditions will inevitably control part of the decisions made but the results are really only limited by the imagination. For inspiration regarding the possibilities, consider consulting home and garden television shows, magazines, and websites or take a stroll or drive through the area to find landscaping ideas that capture your heart.

With time and effort, your garden can be everything you want it to be, and can boost your curb appeal in the process. If are planning to sell your home in future, contact me for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you determine the value of your home.

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
RE/MAX Villager
Serving Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs
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