Landscaping to Boost Curb Appeal on Large Plots of Land
Curb appeal – it’s the first thing guests or potential buyers notice about your landscape. When you live on a large, multi-acre plot of land, managing curb appeal can seem nearly impossible with all the space there is to cover. From the varying types of landscape your land could have (grassy areas to forested areas) to different landscaping features (hardscaping to landscape lighting), there is a lot to consider when it comes to attracting future buyers or impressing guests with your property.
What needs to be considered first is the type of land you have. Is your land mostly open grass, mostly trees, or a combination of both? There are different landscaping practices to make each portion of land enhance your property’s appeal.
Wide, open areas are appealing to the eye, especially if your land also has forested areas. There is no need to chop down any trees to make more open areas, but your forested areas can be managed (trimmed or scaled back) to make your open areas look cleaner.
Open areas are great for maintaining a sunlit property, but they must be well taken care of. If your open area is made up of turf grass, it is important to note that it must be mowed, especially in the summer. If you’re looking for a more natural, long-grass look for your open land space, it’s important to maintain the aesthetic by regularly removing stray weeds, sticks, and branches.
Forested areas can fill up unused space on a multi-acre plot of land, and can bring a beautifully wooded aesthetic to your property. These areas can be a great way to break up your large land space. Taking care of your forested areas can be low-maintenance, as long as you don’t let fallen branches or trees disrupt your open spaces.
Maintaining your large land space is only one step to achieving outstanding curb appeal for your property. Once you are sure that your land is properly maintained, the next steps moving forward are different features to add to make your property accessible and to prevent erosion.
Make a Clear Property Entrance
What is the first impression of any property? The entrance, of course. The entrance of your property must be clear and easy to find to attract potential buyers or guests. Many prefer a gate or entryway when it comes to boosting the curb appeal of an entrance, but there are ways to mark an entrance without breaking the bank.
Sometimes the best option for creating a clear entry is clearing an area and pouring a gravel driveway. Some prefer pouring concrete, but keep in mind that concrete comes at a higher cost, and might not be cost effective for longer driveways.
For those who wish to install a gate in their entryway, keep in mind that gates should be sized to accommodate future needs, such as fitting large equipment or larger construction vehicles through your entryway. Also, the gate should not drag on the ground, which could cause damage to your gate in the long run.
Hardscaping to Deter Erosion
Erosion can completely change the entire look and value of your property, so it is important to plan ahead and deter erosion before it takes a toll on your property. One of the most effective ways to do this is through proper hardscaping – retaining walls, dry creeks, and sidewalks.
These can be made of stone, brick, concrete, or even logs. While deterring erosion, hardscaping also gives flair to your landscape and is attractive to the eye, increasing your property value. Hardscaping will help water flow away from your landscape, so it is not damaged by storm runoff and flooding.
Lastly, after the major projects are completed, curb appeal can be increased with smaller landscaping projects to improve the appearance of your landscape, while also improving the entertainment value.
Weed Control and Pruning
Staying on top of your weeds gives your lawn a clean appearance. It’s good practice to spray pre-emergent in the spring, which will control weeds all season long. If you do start to have weeds come up, pull them immediately so they don’t spread.
Don’t let your trees and shrubs overgrow, either. Pruning your plants helps enable new growth. However, different plants need to be pruned in different seasons. For more information about when to prune your plants, refer to our blog “Pruning Plants by Season in Oklahoma.”
Mulch is great for your plants and adds a quality look to your flower beds. Mulch should be replaced every few years, but in the mean time, should be “flipped” twice a year by using a rake to turn existing mulch.
Different plants and gardens thrive in different types of mulch. For more information, refer to our blog “A Guide to Oklahoma Mulch Types.”
Light Up Your Landscape
Outdoor lighting not only looks beautiful, it also keeps your yard safer, especially if you have a large landscape. Whether you have a pool or patio, outdoor lighting can make any landscape enjoyable and beautiful, day or night. Some outdoor lights can even repel mosquitos in the summer months.
There are many reasons why outdoor lighting can boost your curb appeal, as highlighted in our blog, “3 Reasons to Fall in Love with Outdoor Lighting.”
Ultimately, curb appeal is significantly increased by adding landscaping accessories. From a specially designed patio to a pergola, outdoor kitchen, or outdoor fireplace – each of these accessories adds a final touch to boost your curb appeal and to make your landscape the number one location to entertain guests.
Havenscapes offers all of these services to help you increase your curb appeal. Let us know your needs, and we can provide you with a free quote to get you started.