Beautiful And Inexpensive Landscape Ideas for For Problem Areas

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Lizette Realty - Richmond KY 205403

Beautiful And Inexpensive Landscape Ideas for For Problem Areas

There are times when we buy properties for the way the house looks. It has the right amount of bedrooms and baths or we like that it has a nice kitchen. We may be attracted to the neighborhood or other amenities.

Creek beforeSometimes, if we are just focused on the lack of vegetation around the house we may not put an offer on it.

New construction sites are usually lacking in natural plants and trees.

Usually, all landscape is scraped clean so the new home buyer will have to be creative and install trees, shrubs and flowers.

This can be quite an expense if all plants have to be purchased.

This picture is of the yard behind the house that includes a drainage pipe and creek.

The guardrail was installed after the homeowner had lived there a year.

The whole area was covered with 6 foot weeds and the dirt is clay.

Some of the steps that were used at this property:

  • The process of cleaning the steep hillside took a long time and the weeds pulled out by hand and trash bags were filled.
  • Next treated lumber was used to terrace it a bit to help in holding the dirt and provide footing when weeding or working with plants. Inexpensive rebar was used to anchor the boards in place.
  • To prevent further weeds, Preen was spread over the area.
  • Flowers like irises and day lilies can be used as perennials to help stabilize the dirt. Many plants can be donated from friends with overgrown flower beds that would love for you to dig up some and take them away.
  • Wildflower seeds that attract butterflies were spread everywhere.
    The result of hard work:

Creek Flowers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lexi & Jordan Ostlund
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Great turn around!  Landscaping is the first thing buyers see and as the old saying goes, "you only get 1 chance to make a first impression"!

May 17, 2010 05:09 AM #1
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Jen Wing
JPW Field Inspections - Chico, CA
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What a beautiful transformation!  And inexpensive!

What is preen?  Is that like landscape cloth?

Jen Wing

May 17, 2010 05:12 AM #2
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Darla Zimmerman-Pilant
Exit Real Estate - Spokane, WA

Great post Lizette. What a transformation! We're working on a similar challenge with a steep hillside in our back yard.  How long was it between the "before" and "after" photos?

May 17, 2010 05:13 AM #3
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Lizette Fitzpatrick
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Lexi - How true! It always amazes me that some homeowners don't take time to keep the landscape nice.

Jen - Preen is a weedkiller that doesn't hurt flowers. 

Darla - It might take a few years to get the Iris to bloom, but the wildflowers will do well as long as morning glory seeds are not in the mix. 

May 17, 2010 05:19 AM #4
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Brenda Carus
Century 21 Zwygart Real Estate - Monroe, WI

What a lovely transformation!

May 17, 2010 06:28 AM #5
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Teri Eckholm
Boardman Realty - White Bear Lake, MN
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Lizette--What a dramatic difference! No longer an eyesore...now beautiful!

May 17, 2010 07:52 AM #6
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Christopher Watters
Watters International Realty - Austin, TX
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Nice improvement. I just watched street curb appeal, some show on tv, and they fixed up several problem areas like the one in your picture, it really does a wonder for property values and the neighborhood!

May 17, 2010 10:07 AM #7
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Gary Woltal
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Great landscaping Lizette can make a home gorgeous!
May 17, 2010 10:28 AM #8
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Connie King
Sevierville, TN

Hard work but well worth it.   Fabulous.

May 17, 2010 11:10 AM #9
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
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Lizette,

That second photo is certainly an improvement over the first. Very nice.

May 17, 2010 04:56 PM #10
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Robert Rauf
HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ) - Toms River, NJ

Great tips lizette! 

looks like a great spot to spread flower seeds... "meadow in a can" ..

May 18, 2010 05:59 AM #11
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With  creativity, you can find  special deals for your buyers and then help them transform it into this kind of beauty.

Nice before and afters.

Margaret

May 19, 2010 08:07 AM #12
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Steven L. Smith
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LIzette,

Got the card today. Thanks very much.

May 19, 2010 11:25 AM #13
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Barbara Flannery
USA Realty,Inc. - London, KY
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Lizette, Good Post, Nice Before and after Pictures, Flowers are always a nice touch,

BARBARA

May 26, 2010 08:25 AM #14
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Lori Cofer
Beasley Realty - Moscow, ID
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Thanks Lizette.   Its a lot of hard work but WELL worth it.

 

Lori

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Lizette I can't believe the transformation.  With property planning much can be accomplished.

May 27, 2010 04:45 PM #16
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