According to the American Association of Nurserymen and RealEstate.com, the ROI (return on investment when the property is sold) on landscaping ranges from 100-200%. Don’t forget that the ROI increases when savings on energy bills are factored in. Properly placed shade trees and shrubs can help cool the air and your home’s temperatures. Landscape Architects can help select the proper tree species and placement to maximize this effect.
The American Society of Landscape Architects recommends investing a minimum of 10% of your home’s value into landscaping, which includes not only plants but also decks, patios, arbors, walls, lighting, etc. With this budget, the quality and quantity of landscaping will match your home. The more elements you want to incorporate into the outdoor environment, the investment percentage will rise above the 10% mark. The most popular items requested by homeowners include outdoor fireplaces and fire pits, covered outdoor kitchens, seat walls, and decorative paving.
Perhaps the biggest mistake homeowners make is a piecemeal approach to landscaping. Homeowners begin projects without necessary plant, soil, grading or drainage knowledge, and proceed without a plan. The result is a hodgepodge of plantings and gardens that don’t enhance the home’s architecture. Following a professionally prepared plan will create a cohesive landscape while remaining within a pre-established budget. And, remember that everything doesn’t have to happen at once. Consider a phased plan that adds plantings and other features each year. This way you can remain within your budget while still progressing toward a complete landscape design.
Plant a little green around your home now, to get alot of green back later on.