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Landscaping - Adding Curb Appeal


When we think of home improvement, the first things we usually think about are painting, re-decorating and other measures to upgrade the look and feel of our home.

But home improvement is not limited only to the house itself, but the space around the structure.

It is a well-known fact that having an attractive, well-manicured yard can increase the value of a home, sometimes over 15 per cent.

This is why landscaping is important and should not be overlooked.

Landscaping, simply put, is anything done to a yard to improve its aesthetic qualities or “curb appeal”.

This can include, but is not limited to, planting lawns, trees and decorative shrubs or constructing fences, walkways, fountains and other outdoor fixtures.

Here are some Landscaping Features:

Lawns

Perhaps the simplest and most popular landscaping feature is a lawn.

A neat, well-maintained lawn not only adds to the visual appeal of a home but can help to prevent soil erosion, absorb dust and other pollutants and provide a natural cooling effect in your yard.

Lawns require maintenance such as trimming, watering and fertilizing. Sprinklers are needed to ensure lawns receive sufficient water.

Some types of lawn grass may require more maintenance than others.

The three main types of lawn grass commonly used in Trinidad and Tobago are Zoysia, Bermuda (Turf Grass) and St Augustine (Savannah Grass).

Zoysia Grass is well-suited for T&T’s tropical climate as it is known for its ability to withstand heat and harsh weather. It is suited for areas prone to heavy traffic as it is thick and dense and less likely to thin and lose its lush green color. Zoysia lawns typically require about one inch of water every 4-7 days.