How landscaping can make your home more attractive

Margaret Hett of Marion waters the plants in the greenhouse in between customers. Hett and the other employees are knowledgeable about ways to increase your property's value with plants. Laura Fowler Paulus/Free Press
Margaret Hett of Marion waters the plants in the greenhouse in between customers. Hett and the other employees are knowledgeable about ways to increase your property's value with plants. Laura Fowler Paulus/Free Press
One way to add to the value of your home is to do landscaping or add some plants to it.

“If you are wanting to sell your house and you don’t have any landscaping whatsoever, there’s no curb appeal and potential buyers are likely to just pass you by and not even look inside the house,” said Serenity Gardens owner Jana Dalke.

She also said that even simple landscaping can add to the property value of the neighborhood.

“Landscaping your yard is a good idea. Even if you aren’t moving, someone is going to likely want to live next to you. It’s going to increase the value of your place and those around you,” said Dalke.

Another perk for homeowners who plant trees and other plants is the potential to save money on utility bills. Trees planted strategically can provide shade and cooling.

Dalke said,“With certain planting of trees, you’ve got energy savings that you can think about. Like an evergreen block on the north would help with heating in winter.”

Serenity Gardens offers a large variety of trees, shrubs, hanging baskets, perennials (plants that return yearly), decorative grasses and more to help with increasing the value of your property. She also sells pottery pieces. And even if she doesn’t have something a customer wants, she can often track it down and get it for them.

Gardening and maintaining a nice yard can also have emotional and mental health impact.

“Green is so important to the landscape. Plus it makes you feel good,” Dalke said.

If you are just unsure of where to start, you can always set up a consultation with Dalke to come out to the property and give suggestions of what to plant based on the property and the homeowner’s preferences and tastes.

There is also a facebook page for Serenity Gardens where people can get information from other customers or about sales and events going on at Serenity Gardens. Or call the greenhouse to get help. There are many options when it comes to improving your real estate.