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Saturday, 30 April 2016, 10:15:00 AM

It is spring and the urgency of blooming things seems to overcome any lingering signs of winter. Everything starts to green and the eyes seem to catch the first flame of yellow and red and forsythia and crocuses pop into view. In Canadian neighborhoods, people begin to stir in the yards and gardens. Those seeking new homes find greater activity too. For them, a sure sign of spring is in the wonderful way homeowners add curb appeal to their properties. From fixing up outdoor structures, to adding a coat of paint, there are many ways to beautify a place. A perennial favorite is landscaping.

 

Softscapes that Impress
Paths and boundaries with softscapes. They can define areas and zones in the outdoor area. A garden plot is a wonderful softscape too. In the modern world of mass agriculture, organic gardening has made a tremendous comeback; millions of gardeners find great rewards from organic vegetables and heirloom varieties. They add wonderful flavors, texture, and tastes to food that are often lost in mass agriculture and food distribution systems.

Designs that add Value
Bricks, stones, and pavers add long-term design themes. They can last from season to season and weather into a wonderful settled look. Hardscape areas are landscapewonderful for patios and activity zones because they defy mud and rain and keep solid footing. Hardscapes make sitting areas around fire pits that extend the cool days into wonderful warm evenings around the outdoor fire.

Plants and Trees Always Please
Finding great looking trees and shrubs is a proven way to build a wonderful outdoor space. These make natural barriers and pathways; they add flowering in season, aromas in the warm nights, and fruits. They attract pollinators and birds. In colour and fullness, they mark the seasons in beauty. Animals and birds thrive in yards that have fruit and lowering plants. Berries and seeds help bird populations and fruits feed small animals too. Nests and bird song are wonderful signs of spring and early summer. 

Organic Preferences Too
Many people have a great social awareness that follows them into their outdoor living spaces. They are inclined to incorporate water conservation, organic soil enrichment, and avoiding chemical applications where possible. They emphasize natural elements in landscaping and choose plants and trees that adapt well to the living conditions and don't require much watering or care. Their greatest contribution may be in treating soils and ground with respect to chemical applications. Natural fertilizers do not build up poisons in the soil and water; by using these they contribute an important energy towards natural balance and less pollution.

Landscaping is a Proven Winner
The investment in landscape to add curb appeal is a proven plus for homeowners. They get remarkably higher prices. More than price, the process of selling goes better. These homes get noticed and get more real estate agent and buyer interest than those that lack up to date landscaping. Curb appeal is that all important first impression. It attracts passers-by too; people may notice a property for sale after they notice the property, simply drawn to a wonderful scene of flowers, plants, and greenery.

 


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