A recent study by the University of Michigan showed that landscape updates increase property values by up to 11 percent. That means if you're looking to increase your home rates in your next appraisal, your best bet may be to go to the backyard. Gardening can add tens of thousands of dollars to the value of your property. In fact, it's one of the few improvements you can make to the home that not only adds value immediately, but also increases in value as the years go by.
While interior design and decoration concepts go out of style and mechanical systems wear out, plants grow fuller and more robust as the years go by. Don't Forget an Irrigation SystemIf you don't have the time or interest in watering yourself, consider an irrigation system to keep your backyard in good shape.