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Investing in landscaping and gardening

When it comes to investing in your home, many Zimbabweans prioritise interior renovations and improvements. While these improvements can certainly increase the value of your home, don't forget about the outside of your property. Investing in your garden and landscape is one of the best ways to increase the aesthetic appeal and overall value of your home. In this article, we'll look at some ideas and tips for improving your outdoor space.

There are many reasons why a lot of Zimbabweans do not make the conscientious decision to invest in their gardens. Chief among these is the issue of money. A lot of homeowners tend to prioritise home repairs and maintenance over outdoor spaces due to economic hardship. It’s hard to see why you should invest in flowers when your home is leaking or has cracks.

Another reason is gardening and landscaping inexperience. A lot of homeowners lack the time or resources to design and build a lovely outdoor space. Also homeowners may not see the value in investing in their outdoor spaces because they do not plan to sell their house soon or because they do not see the benefits of having a beautiful and functional garden and landscape.

Creating a beautiful, functional outdoor space has benefits and challenges. Prioritising and budgeting for these improvements can boost property value and create a relaxing outdoor space for families. While I am fully aware of the reasons why people are not into gardening I believe this article will help some to make the great leap.

You see landscaping and gardening are not rocket science nor do they have to be an all-consuming chore. The five tips below will help you get a landscaping or garden that will be the envy of your neighbourhood. 

  1. Plan your garden and landscape design

Before you start digging up your yard and planting new flowers and shrubs, it's important to have a plan in place. Take some time to think about what kind of look you want to achieve with your garden and landscape. Do you want a low-maintenance garden, or are you willing to put in the effort to maintain a more elaborate design? Consider factors like the size of your yard, the amount of sunlight it gets, and any existing features like trees or water features.

Once you have a basic plan in place, you can start researching different types of plants, flowers, and landscaping features that will work well in your yard. Be sure to choose plants and features that are suited to your climate and soil type, as this will help ensure their success.

  1. Invest in quality landscaping materials

When it comes to creating a beautiful and functional outdoor space, sustainable materials are key. This includes everything from paving stones and retaining walls to garden beds and mulch. While it can be tempting to go for the cheapest option available, investing in quality materials will ensure that your garden and landscape look great for years to come. In addition, high-quality materials are often more durable and require less maintenance than their cheaper counterparts.

  1. Add outdoor living spaces

Another great way to add value to your home and create an inviting outdoor space is by adding outdoor living areas. This can include anything from a simple patio or deck to a full outdoor kitchen or living room. When designing your outdoor living space, be sure to consider factors like the amount of shade and privacy you want, as well as any existing features like trees or water features. Adding outdoor lighting can also help create a cozy and inviting atmosphere in the evenings.

  1. Incorporate water features

Water features like fountains, ponds, and waterfalls can add a relaxing and peaceful element to your garden and landscape. They can also help mask any noise pollution from nearby roads or neighbors. When choosing a water feature, consider factors like the size of your yard, the amount of maintenance required, and any safety concerns if you have children or pets.

  1. Hire a professional landscaper

If you're not confident in your gardening and landscaping abilities, or if you simply don't have the time or energy to devote to your outdoor space, consider hiring a professional landscaper. A good landscaper can help you design and implement a beautiful and functional outdoor space that will add value to your home and provide you with a relaxing retreat. Be sure to choose a landscaper with experience and references, and ask to see examples of their previous work.

Investing in your garden and landscape is a great way to add value to your home and create an inviting outdoor space. By following these tips and ideas, you can design and implement a beautiful and functional outdoor space that you'll enjoy for years to come.