Low Maintenance Landscaping Tricks for Real Estate

We know that curb-appeal and beautiful gardens help sell a home but it’s not always easy to achieve these things with our busy schedules. Low-maintenance landscaping is great for sellers who are out of town or who don’t have the time to look after a property.

Let’s start with the lawn itself. Grass can be very time-demanding, as it requires regular watering and mowing. If you neglect a grass lawn, it will give away your secret by turning browning or growing into a messy jungle. Clover and moss are good alternatives to grass, because they are low growing and require little care.

If an all-clover or moss lawn isn’t your style, low-maintenance lawn mixes can be purchased instead. These lawns are usually derived from a mixture of slow-growing, drought-tolerant turf grasses, broadleafs and fescues. Note that these often include clover, but mixes with minimal or no clover can still be found. Low-maintenance lawn mixes usually need to be mowed a few times a year.

Smaller spaces can forgo lawns all together in favour of rock gardens. The primary ingredient in a rock garden is, of course, rock. These are then accented with plants that require minimal care. In general, choose rocks that are larger, because smaller rocks can be a nightmare to clear of leaflitter. Even if you don’t think you have trees nearby, autumn will prove differently. Gardens that use larger rocks can be vacuumed of excess debris, while smaller rocks may get sucked up and cause problems.

The best rock gardens are complemented by their plants, but the plants themselves don’t need to be showy. Rather than choosing a wide variety of plants, stick to a few types and repeat them throughout the garden. Good base plants for rock gardens are lichens and mosses, while nurseries and garden stores can suggest good flowering plants for your region.

A great way to green up your landscape with minimal effort is with trees. Trees do need to be pruned but the reward is worth it. Evergreens are the most desirable trees, as they don’t shed, while deciduous trees can make a beautiful statement if you’re willing to rake the leaves.

Flowers, bushes and plants can also add to your low maintenance landscape if you choose the right ones. Native plants to any region are the most likely to survive, as they grow naturally in the area without human interference. Talk to your local nursery about the best low-maintenance plants and trees for your area. Factor in light levels and bring in a soil sample so they can best assess your needs.

The final key ingredients in any low-maintenance landscaping plan are mulch, stone, and pre-set irrigation. Mulch and stone look good and can’t die, while irrigation systems will water the plants and trees that can die. Both of these solutions require initial investment but reward you with long-term peace of mind. With a little bit of planning, the right landscape can look beautiful with very minimal effort.

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What Landscaping And Garden Plants To Grow For A Successful Plant Selling Business

What plants do you want to grow to build a successful plant selling operation. This being such a vast field the possibilities are endless. But in my opinion it is wise to start small and gradually grow as you go. Once you have started you are going to grow, if you want it or not.

I could enumerate a lot of categories of plants, but ultimately it is up to you as what would you think is more interesting and beneficial to you. What kind of plants would you enjoy the most to start with. And most importantly, what kind of plants are in demand in your area.

Here are a few suggestions that I think they are easy to start. I would begin with the woody shrubbery, that do not require any heating once they are mature and ready for sale. For the start of a small operation, until you will be able to generate some cash flow, you want to keep the operation costs as low as possible.

The shrubs should be evergreen, a good variety, of different shape and textures of the leaves to give the potential buyers a better selection to choose from.

These could be Wintergreen Boxwood, Compacta holly, Burford holly, Yaupon, Helleri holly, Azalea, Blue Pacific Juniper, Gardenia, and other popular and well known shrubs by the public in your area, used widely in landscaping.

The Ornamental grasses have a wide range of uses for borders and erosion control, that are selling very well. A few examples are Mondo grass (monkey grass) that comes in regular size and dwarf. Liriope Big Blue (green or variegated), Liriope Evergreen Giant, Aztec Grass, and many others.

These grasses are easy to propagate for the simple fact that you split them in small clumps, and plant them in a small container. Then as they get root bound, step them up in a larger pot. They are very prolific and multiply fast.

Another line of plants would be the blooming bedding plants. This is something to consider since a lot of people love blooming plants. They are attractive and will draw a lot of good traffic to your plant stand.

After a long and cold winter, people is itching to get out in the garden and plant those vibrant color blooming plants in their flower beds. If this is done right, it will be a great success.

One extremely sought after and profitable line for the growers is growing bedding plants. We had a fantastic success in our plant growing business with the blooming landscaping plants.

Yet another wonderful line of plants easy to grow are the herbs. If you like herbs, this is something that you should consider, because people love herbs. They are healthy, full of vitamin and minerals and some people just love to spice up their dishes and salads with a variety of good tasting and fragrant herbs.

Most of them are started from seeds in smaller containers, they don’t take that much space, and is fun to grow. Once you build up your herb business, people will be coming back for more herbs.

Do you want to grow house plants, and you have the possibilities to do so, by all means go for it. It is absolutely wonderful to work with house plants. People love to keep them in the home to provide the oxygen they emanate and absorb the carbon dioxide from the air.

Now as you can see there is a vast variety to choose from, but you probably don’t want to start with too many. You can work with the category you like the best and you think that it is easier for you at first.

Then as you continue to grow you can expand to other categories of plants as you become more comfortable to develop this plants selling business. I can promise you if you stick with it once you have started, and if you do it right, this could be one of the best things that happened to you!

There is a lot of fun growing plants and it is profitable, too.

Stay focused, don’t doubt yourself! You can do it!

Mike Borlovan