Landscape tips for increased home value


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This presentation was created for an exclusive neighborhood in Los Angeles. The pictures clearly show ways to avoid garden maintenance problems, fire hazards and how to preserve view corridors.

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Landscape tips for increased home value

  1. 1. Is A Spectacular Place to Live<br />
  2. 2. What Can You Do to Make It Better?<br />
  3. 3. How Does Landscape Improve your Property and its Value?<br />You can express yourself artistically in your landscape. <br />Everyday you can enjoy that expression.<br />Landscape, when well chosen, can save you from costly<br />maintenance. <br />Landscape adds between 14-35% to the value of your home.<br />
  4. 4. We have a wide latitude in designing. Here you see the<br />trees are in scale with the house. They don’t overpower<br />the house<br />
  5. 5. Here you see how the tree on the right dwarfs the architecture and the<br />planting in front of the house is out of scale (too small) for the face<br />of the house. Also the Ficus trees on both sides of the entry could<br />cause problems for the water pipes coming in or leaving the house. <br />
  6. 6. This tree<br />is too big<br />to be planted<br />so close to<br />the house.<br />
  7. 7. And it will be a maintenance problem for <br />you.<br />
  8. 8. When you plant vines near a tree, don’t let them climb the trees. <br />Eventually, they will kill the tree. <br />
  9. 9. These Palms are representative of Los Angeles. <br />They also harbor rats. (So does Ivy)<br />
  10. 10. Look at how ugly the tree looks after it is over trimmed. <br />When you pick a tree that will grow the appropriate height<br />you won’t need to butcher it. A tree like this needs to be<br />Cut yearly. Think of the money and hassle you can save<br />by removing and replacing it with a more appropriate tree.<br />
  11. 11. Bringing Harmony to Your Neighborhood<br />Setting a “style” for the neighborhood.<br />Allow for view sheds<br />Protect against fire hazards<br />
  12. 12. Setting a style for the <br />neighborhood doesn’t<br />mean you will all have <br />identical landscape.<br />After all, you all have different<br />architecture, styles and <br />aesthetic preferences.<br />
  13. 13. But you have architectural standards and the neighborhood<br />would benefit from having some more consistency in<br />landscape. <br />
  14. 14. One of the Premier attributes of this neighborhood<br />is the VIEW<br />Even the view corridors along the streets are important to preserve.<br />
  15. 15. Here’s a case in point. <br />Your landscape could be cutting<br />Off your neighbor’s view. <br />
  16. 16. Once the Pines are trimmed<br />it opens up much of the view. <br />
  17. 17. But from the street the trim looks very unattractive.<br />Once a tree is cut to like this, it will never grow <br />back to be attractive.<br />
  18. 18. Here the scale of plants matches the scale of the house. <br />They all look like they fit together. <br />
  19. 19. Another low profile landscape that really suits the house. <br />
  20. 20. Here’s another appropriate landscape. These trees however<br />will need to be severely pruned throughout their long life<br />to maintain their low profile.<br />This will cost you thousands!<br />
  21. 21. There are many ways you can protect yourself from<br />the threat of fire.<br />Some plants are more flammable than others- <br />Avoid Them <br />When trees and plants die - <br />Remove Them <br />The Fire Department has fire safe standards- <br />Use Them <br />
  22. 22. Looks like a candle and <br />burns like one too. Notice<br />how close it is to the house.<br />Pampas grass not only<br />goes up like a torch,<br />it reproduces like a <br />Rabbit. <br />Eucalyptus has lots of oil. Guess what<br />happens when fire gets to them.<br />Many of the Junipers even<br />Look like fire.<br />
  23. 23. If its brown, take it down. <br />Watch for disease in your trees. <br />What do you look for?<br />--red or black staining on trunk<br />--blistering and oozing on the surface of the tree<br />--crown thinning<br />--twig and branch die-back<br />--premature leaf loss<br />If you see a tree looking sick, call an Arborist. <br />With early treatment, many times they can be saved.<br />
  24. 24. Pine Bark Borer<br />These insects usually enter the tree at eye level and above. <br />You may see the tiny holes. You may see tiny dribbles of sap,<br />or little dried mounds of sap, especially on a white pine. <br />If you spot these move quickly to remove the tree. <br />Spaying and other methods of deterrent won’t work. <br />Nearby Pine trees on your property and your neighbors <br />WILL VERY LIKELY become infested if not removed<br />
  25. 25. Trees planted too close to the house are a maintenance <br />problem and a fire hazard.<br />
  26. 26. Your Landscape offers you the delight of interacting<br />with the natural world around you. <br />Make it a safe place for you and your entire neighborhood. <br />