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Affordable Landscapes

Posted - May 29, 2004 at 7:51 a.m.



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Larry Sagers Horticultural Specialist Utah State University Extension Service Thanksgiving Point Office © All Rights Reserved

Basic Landscape Design

Tuesdays, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Join us in the Oak Room on the lower level of the Thanksgiving Gardens Visitors Center. Fee: $40.00

With Larry Sagers and other guest instructor. Whether you're designing a first-time landscape or remodling an existing landscape, learn the steps for creating a look that you will enjoy. The class will cover creating focal points, entryways, how to frame you home or preserve a view and water-wise landscaping. There will be USU Extension Service Master Gardeners available the last part of the last day of class for a 15-minute individual consultation. Fee: $40.00 How do I design a landscape I can afford?

Landscaping adds usable living area, increases property values and beautifies the home and other structures. A well designed landscape creates an aesthetic environment that is well worth the time, money and effort invested. Landscape design is not just planting plants. Pleasing landscapes follow the same principles that you would use in designing the interior of your home.

Surveys show that a well designed landscape will raise the property value 10 percent to 30 percent. Such landscapes appreciate in value over a lifetime, adding significantly to the beauty, comfort and financial desirability of the property.

Before consulting a landscape contractor, landscape architect, landscape designer or local garden center, determine how much you want and can afford to invest in your property. Common methods include a percentage cost of the project or give a dollar figure.

According to Money Magazine, not all improvements will increase the value of a home by the amount that they cost to install. According to Money's research, however, landscaping has a recovery value of at least 100 percent and up to 200 percent ``if it is well done and harmonizes with foliage nearby.'' This compares with a recovery value of a kitchen overhaul at 75 percent to 135 percent, and a bathroom renovation at 80 percent to 120 percent.

Plants are great problem solvers for blending architectural features and natural features. A personal landscape makes a creative statement that reflects your likes and dislikes. No two individuals are alike, and no two landscapes should be exactly alike. Plant materials and related structures can add living beauty to your home.

Landscaping is a great investment because it enhances the property value of your home should you decide to sell it. Beautiful landscapes offer a positive first impressions to promote a faster sell.

As you budget for landscaping, make yearly adjustments depending on the overall complexity of the job, your ability to phase the installations of larger projects. Remember your changing planning and maintenance needs over the years and your desire to remodel some parts of the landscape.

When hiring any landscape expert, look for quality, value, expertise and service not just low cost.

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