May 3, 2017 | Bob Myers
A yard with a beautiful landscape is one of the few home investments  with a value that increases over the years. Buyers love mature plants  and trees, so giving your yard some love even if you're not planning on  selling for a few years is a smart way to go. What's even smarter?  Employing these money-saving tips:

1. Free mulch.
Many municipalities recycle the yard waste they pick up curbside  throughout the year into mulch, which is then made available to  residents for free or a very low price. Surrounding your shrubs and  trees with a layer of the stuff not only makes them stand out visually,  it also helps conserve moisture and stave off bugs.

2. Look to the list.
Craigslist's “farm and garden" section can be a treasure trove of  outdoor planters, border stones and even “used" trees and shrubs. Check  here first before heading to the nursery.

3. Go big with your neighbors.
Bedding plants are often less expensive when you buy them in bulk.

4. Compost.
Instead of buying bags of fertilizer, generate your own black gold for  gardens by composting your kitchen waste. It's not as hard – or smelly –  as you'd think.

5. Chat with a master.
Master gardeners often hold free Q&A sessions at garden centers or  local libraries. Before investing in new plants, seeds or shrubs, check  with an expert to find which options will thrive without expensive  maintenance.

6. Rein it in.
Trim back any trees, shrubs or vines that hide or overwhelm your  windows, porch or patio. Sometimes the most effective landscaping  upgrade can come from removing greenery, not adding it.

7. Pull your weeds.
It's the outdoor equivalent of de-cluttering your home, an inexpensive way to boost your yard's visual appeal.

8. Powerwash fences and patios.
It can take years off your fence and patio in just minutes. You'll be  amazed at how much brighter they'll look with just a bit of effort that  requires little more skill than running a vacuum. Rent a machine at your  local home improvement box store for about $30.

My team and I are real estate  experts in Montgomery County and the surrounding Metro area. When buying  or selling a home, please consider us your resource for all things real  estate. If you need referrals for obtaining a home loan or are  refinancing, want a recommendation on a home warranty, need a service or  just have a home related question, please give me a call at  301-910-9910 or email me at


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