Landscape Updates, Home Values
Typically Go Hand-in Hand
by Matt Stano, President,
Stano Landscaping, Inc.
Last year, when interviewed for a Journal-Sentinel landscaping article about
landscaping, I thought "Wow. This might be important information for our
customers who are thinking of a landscape update." So, here are the main points I shared
for the JS article:
Why update your landscape?
First, remember that your landscape makes a definite statement about your
property -- it is the entryway to your home. When it looks good, people tend to
think the inside looks as good as the outside. And secondly, curb appeal can even
increase your home's value.
Where to begin?
If you're thinking of big changes, it's important to follow the right order.
- Look at the size of your plants and ask yourself whether they are so
overgrown that they are no longer in scale with your property.
- Check to see if your plants cover your windows. If so, you may me at the
point where plant material is overtaking your house.
- Remember that even small changes can make a difference. Expanding a
flower bed, moving a shrub to a new location, or just adding a few new
flowers can give a different appearance and a fresher look. It's like
rearranging your furniture or changing the color of your walls.
First comes hardscaping, then the principle elements (such as trees and shrubs),
then filler plants.
One Client's Story
- For hardscaping, there are lots of options to choose from. You can add
retaining walls made of blocks and boulders, straight or curved walkways
made of manufactured and natural stone or pavers that come in a wide
variety of styles, colors and patterns.
- Trees and shrubs should fit the scale of the property and the space.
Selection should be appropriate for the amount of sunlight
- We also suggest mixing up the plantings. We like to use a mix of evergreens
and deciduous plants along with perennials for splashes of color.
- For bordering, a wide variety of new products can be used to border flower
beds for a clean, updated look.
- And, it's always great to use containers to enhance front entryways where
you can have two-, three-, or four-season displays.
One of our Stano projects (the Milwaukee home of Terry and Kristine Sousek) was
featured in the Journal-Sentinel article's, "from before to after" segment. It is a
perfect example of the impact an updated front yard can have.
Before working with Stano on this redo, the shady front yard of the Souseks' home
had "scrawny," overgrown bushes and flower beds which they tended themselves.
Now they have berms around their trees, boulders, edging around their flower beds,
new mulch and lots of new plants.
The new design gives their yard a more modern feel and a fresher look that even
their neighbors are noticing. In fact, the Souseks report that, "People are stopping
by all the time and they're telling us how nice it looks. It's more natural than what
we had before. It looks like it belongs with the house."
Stano Can Help You
Perhaps you have been considering a landscape update. Remember that Stano
offers a full range of services and our team is ready to help you with your project,
regardless of size. Call us today.
All of Stano's service offerings are geared toward beautiful environments. These
Distinctive Residential and Commercial Landscape Designs and
Patios, Driveway and Brick Paving
Natural Stone Hardscaping
Total Landscape Management and Horticultural Services
Fences and Decks
Walkways and Terraces
Insect and Disease Control
Tree Trimming and Removal
Pruning and Shaping