25 May

Landscaping Ideas to Increase your Home’s Value

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How Landscaping Can Increase Your Home’s Value

First impressions are crucial. A good first impression can pique a potential buyer’s interest enough for them to seriously consider making an offer. Your landscape architecture also reflects the interior of your home.

Even if you aren’t planning on selling your home, you should consider landscaping to improve your curb appeal. It’s a great way to give your home personality and style while being less expensive.

Follow these tips to turn your landscape into your home’s most valuable assets, and watch your home’s value increase.

1. Incorporate Sophisticated Elements

Buyers value sophisticated landscape design. Consider ways to make your lawn elegant and modern while still complementing the style of your home. Homes with sophisticated landscaping elements like curved bed lines are more appealing than homes with basic foundation planting.

Landscapes that include large deciduous, evergreen, and annual color plants also sell better. Planting beds are a low-cost, low-lift way to add texture and color to a design. They’re great for defining spaces, so it doesn’t appear as sparse even if your lawn is mowed and tidy.

2. Establish Seasonal Equilibrium

Before landscaping, consider how things will look year-round when adding soft scape elements to your property. Plan to use a variety of plants to keep your landscape looking beautiful all year. In the spring, plant blooming bulbs during spring and annual beds in the summer. Shrubs with brightly colored leaves during the fall and evergreens in the winter will also add to the balance.

Buyers are only looking at your home during one season. But, they’ll notice the balance you’ve achieved and imagine how lovely it will be as the seasons’ change.

3. Plant A Few Trees

It’s impossible to go wrong with trees. They provide shade and help to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. They’re also reasonably priced. Aside from increasing your home’s value, trees can make a house feel like a home. Consider what you want the tree to accomplish before deciding on a species.

Deciduous trees provide more shade during the summer. They’ll let a little light into your yard because they shed leaves in the winter. They might even save you money on your cooling and heating bills.

4. Look for Attractive and Functional Lighting

You’ve worked hard to improve your curb appeal. Now make sure it’s visible at all times. Landscape lighting can highlight your home’s architectural features and most eye-catching flora. Installation is relatively painless, and the project is also highly cost-effective.

Lighting helps you illuminate the outside of your home, spotlights landscape design elements, and even improve home security. Look for LED and solar lighting options to keep lighting costs down. Both will be bright enough to light up the outside of your home while minimizing energy costs.

5. Increase Privacy with Plants

For buyers who want a lot of natural light and a spacious feel, windows are often a big selling point. On the other hand, large windows mean that neighbors and passers-by can easily peer into your home.

Landscaping with airy-textured, silky-leaved barrier shrubs just outside the window over fortress-style hedges or fences. These plants help maintain ambiance while adding privacy. You will appreciate the added privacy until you sell your home, as will potential buyers.

6. Define the Lawn’s Borders

Edging your lawn gives the appearance of lower maintenance by making it look restrained and tamed. Few things look better than a healthy, vibrant, and well-kept lawn. Edging along driveways, sidewalks, and garden beds also demonstrates your attention to detail when maintaining the property.

Boost the Value of Your Home

Landscape is the most cost-effective improvement you can make to increase the value of your home. Just make sure you plan your landscape and don’t let it become so complicated. While you are still living in your home, landscaping will allow you to enjoy it more. On your own can be difficult, but experts are available to assist you.

At Oasis Palms and Landscaping, we recognize the importance of well-kept landscaping for any home. Call us today, and we’ll help you get started on new home improvement projects that will increase the value of your home.

20 Feb

Common Landscaping Mistakes

Landscaping Mistakes

Common Landscaping Mistakes

Professional landscapers understand that there’s a lot more to creating a beautifully landscaped yard than meets the average eye. Every day, we witness property owners trying to take the DIY (Do-It-Yourself) method for landscaping with sometimes comical or even disastrous results. Don’t sacrifice your lawn’s potential to save a few bucks! By the time that you invest in all the tools and materials, waste time in an effort to teach yourself, and redo the same work multiple times due to rookie mistakes, it’s easier and probably more cost-efficient to let the professionals handle the landscaping. Read More

10 Feb

Essential Tips for Florida Lawns and Gardens in February

Essential Tips

Essential Tips

Just because the temperature is still a little low doesn’t mean you can’t give your lawn and garden some Valentine’s love in February! Are you looking to get an early start before the arrival of the next growing season? Here are some of our essential February lawn and garden tips that all Florida home and business owners will appreciate.

Lawn Tips

  • Watering

It’s important to give your lawn a uniform ¾ inch of water every 10 to 14 days. For the best results, you should always water in the early morning hours before 8:00 a.m while keeping in mind any local watering regulations (e.g. designated watering days). Read More

15 Jan

How to Create Your Own Tropical Paradise Right in Your Backyard

How to Create Your Own Tropical Paradise

How to Create Your Own Tropical Paradise

When people think of Florida yards, most think of lush green foliage, swaying palm trees, beautiful ocean views, natural elements, and well-placed ambient lighting. Create this quintessential scene in your own backyard with these tips and enjoy the tropics every time you go outside:

Show Off Your Green Thumb

Plants are the cornerstone of any beautiful outdoor space. Florida provides the perfect climate to grow so many gorgeous, colorful plants and flowers. Choose green plants of different heights, shades, and textures to add depth and interest to your yard! We are certainly fans of palm trees since no other plant gives you quite the same tropical feel. Some other popular green plants for your Florida yard include: Read More

15 Dec

Common Landscaping Mistakes to Avoid

Common Landscaping Mistakes

Common Landscaping Mistakes

If you’re the type of person that loves their lawn, you’ve surely spent the time and dedication it requires to learn how to care for it properly. You know that each type of grass has its own unique requirements and ideal conditions that must be respected. By doing so, you enjoy a perfectly manicured, beautifully uniform lawn that makes all of your neighbors green with envy.

So, there’s no way you would ever commit any of these common landscaping mistakes that plague those new to lawn care and landscaping:  Read More

15 Nov

The Best Mulch Alternatives

Mulch Alternatives

Mulch Alternatives

The benefits of mulching your flower beds, trees, and other decorative plants is undeniable! Mulch retains moisture in the underlying soil, insulates roots from freezing temperatures, prevents erosion, suppresses weed growth, and provides nutrients to plants as it breaks down over time. Mulch is a go-to for any organic landscaping project, and it’s for good reason!

However, buying commercially produced mulch can be expensive. If you’re an eco-warrior and want to bring sustainability to your yard, consider some of these great mulch alternatives: Read More

15 Oct

Why You Should Consider Commercial Landscaping for Your Business

Commercial Landscaping for Your Business

Commercial Landscaping for Your Business

When you own a business, you know how hard you’ve worked to open the doors. You want potential customers to be wowed from the second they step out of their cars. One of the easiest ways to do this is with high-quality commercial landscaping.

Just a few benefits of using commercial landscaping over doing it yourself include:

1. Brings in more customers

A beautifully manicured landscape around your business will bring more potential customers through your doors, where you can turn them into actual clients. A nice landscape invites people into your space and shows that you care about your business, your customers, and what you do. Read More

15 Sep

How Much Water Does Your Florida Lawn Need During Winter?

Florida Lawn

How Much Water Does Your Florida Lawn Need During Winter?

In Florida, we are lucky enough to have warm weather year-round, which means that our lawns and gardens can be green and lush all year with proper care. But, sometimes it’s difficult to know how exactly to care for our outdoor spaces as the weather cools down.

In the summer, the combination of heat and humidity causes grass to grow feverishly. So, it’s no surprise that your lawn requires more water during these times of high growth.

However, that doesn’t mean you should neglect your lawn’s water needs in the cooler winter months.

The exact amount of water your lawn needs depends on what type of grass you have, but a good rule of thumb is an even ¾” coverage over the entire lawn once per week during the cooler fall and winter months. This increases to twice per week during spring and summer. Read More

15 Aug

5 Plants That Flower All Winter Long in Florida

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5 Plants That Flower All Winter Long in Florida

There are so many beautiful plants that bloom all year long here in sunny Florida, it’s hard to choose just five to feature here (in fact, it was so hard, we threw in a bonus plant just because). We’ve searched through dozens of options to curate the following list, giving you winter flower options that will add color and interest to your landscaping all year. Check out these photos from our past jobs to see how we put these recommendations to work for Tampa Bay homes and businesses.

Gerbera Daisy

While most of the country plants gerbera daisies as annuals, Florida gardens are lucky enough to have this beauty in bloom all year long. Gerberas come in a variety of colors, including red, pink, yellow, orange, purple, and white. Their large blooms are eye-catching and make great cut flowers in arrangements too! Plant gerberas in fertile, well-draining soil with lots of morning sun and some afternoon shade for the best bloom. Read More

15 Jul

2021 Landscaping Design Trends

Landscaping Design Trends

Landscaping Design Trends

The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic changed everything about how we interact in our outdoor spaces. Back yards became havens where friends and family congregate with great food, even better conversation, and lots of love. Flower beds turned into makeshift veggie gardens. People began appreciating the benefits of native plants. This return to simplicity has continued in landscaping design in 2021, showing how our values and preferences have been drastically altered by spending more time at home. We expect to see the following landscaping design trends prevail in 2021 and beyond: Read More