You’ve heard it said time and again: you never get a second chance to make a first impression.  That quote epitomizes what we Realtors® mean when we talk about curb appeal.  Poor landscaping choices can turn a potential buyer off before they even cross your threshold.  Good landscaping can hide a multitude of sins, balance asymmetrical property lines and add as much as 10% to the value of your home! 

Now that the heat wave of 2012 has passed, MiddleTennesseans can get out, start digging and start improving the value of your property.  Even if you’re not planning to list your home in the near future, investments in landscaping today will more than pay off tomorrow.  If you are planning to list your home, it's a good idea to make landscaping improvements about a month before listing, so plants, trees and shrubs have a chance to “settle in” and recover from transplant shock.
Like choosing and installing granite countertops (see last week's post), choosing and purchasing trees, shrubs, perennials andannuals can leave your head spinning.  To help you sort through the huge variety of flora that grows well in MiddleTennessee and come up with a great plan for your property, I recommend making an appointment with my friend, Ed Novotnak with Landcraft.  Ed can be reached at 615-456-6777.   He's a landscape contractor, which means he can do it all.  He offers services at a reasonable price and always does a great job!
Another great resource to jump start your landscaping research is:  After you input your zip code, the site will generate a list of trees, shrubs, flowering plants and ground cover that should thrive in your area. 
Even if you've completed your major landscaping “to-do” list, you can still make huge improvements by remembering these tips:

Spruce up your outdoor containers, especially planters that flank the front door.
Apply a fresh layer of mulch in all beds.  New mulch will make flowering plants pop and help keep greenery hydrated.
Prune deciduous trees and shrubs to remove dead branches and maintain shape.  You can prune trees and shrubs year round.
Add seasonal color by planting annuals: bright flowers in summer, golden mums in autumn, even small evergreens and pansies in the winter.