Take it easy with land­scap­ing

The Weekend Post - Real Estate - - Front Page - Tom Snow­don

SPRING has well and truly sprung but be­fore you pull on those gar­den­ing gloves, it’s worth un­der­stand­ing a few im­por­tant points about land­scap­ing your home.

Land­scape ar­chi­tect and hor­ti­cul­tur­ist David Scas­sola says it is bet­ter for work­ing fam­i­lies to plan a land­scape that is low main­te­nance.

‘‘Most peo­ple don’t have time to mow a big lawn or spend six hours trim­ming hedges th­ese days,’’ he says.

‘‘So of­ten it’s bet­ter if they have more gar­dens with lots of flow­er­ing plants rather than lots of turf, which can be­come time-con­sum­ing.

‘‘The other op­tion is to in­stall a hard pave­ment like gravel or step­pers, which are large, flat pavers.’’

With Queens­lan­ders in­creas­ingly mov­ing their en­ter­tain­ing to out­door ar­eas, Mr Scas­sola says a pop­u­lar op­tion is to make a gar­den an ex­ten­sion of a home.

‘‘There has been a trend in the past to land­scape the back­yard so it’s like an out­door kitchen,’’ he says.

‘‘Now this has pro­gressed to a point where peo­ple are in­stalling green­walls out there with herbs and veg­eta­bles grow­ing from them.

‘‘It’s a pretty nice life­style where you can pick your veg­eta­bles from around your out­door kitchen.’’

Belle Prop­erty Graceville prin­ci­pal Martin Hood says peo­ple in Cairns are in the for­tu­nate po­si­tion of be­ing able to use the sun to their ad­van­tage.

‘‘If you can utilise the north-east cor­ner of your prop­erty for an out­door liv­ing area, it can add value to the place,’’ he says.

‘‘In sum­mer that area will gen­er­ally be cool in the af­ter­noon, be­cause it’s where the breeze usu­ally comes from, but in the win­ter it will of­ten get the warm morn­ing sun.

‘‘If you can build an out­door en­ter­tain­ing area there, which is al­most es­sen­tial to have in Queens­land, it can greatly ben­e­fit your prop­erty.’’

Be­fore peo­ple start work on a new per­gola and bar­be­cue area, it’s worth hav­ing a look at the front of the prop­erty.

Mr Hood says that for those sell­ing their home, this is the most im­por­tant area to land­scape be­cause it is the first view peo­ple have of a house.

‘‘First im­pres­sions of a prop­erty are very im­por­tant,’’ he says.

‘‘A lot of peo­ple will drive past to have a look and if it’s well-pre­sented it can ac­tu­ally pull them in.

‘‘Also, they will be less likely to search for flaws in­side – which they can then use to bar­gain with – if the out­side is well­p­re­sented.’’

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