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Angie's List: Landscaping for every budget

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As the weather warms up, it's time to tackle the outdoor projects. If you're looking to do some landscaping, there are many big and small projects.

"Don't ignore your home's landscaping because investments in landscaping can add as much as fourteen percent to the value of your home. You don't have to do big elaborate projects. Sometimes the simple, basic things like well-manicured flower beds, a nicely done lawn, and adding trees to your property can give you a nice return on investment," said Angie's List Founder, Angie Hicks.

Homeowner Bryan Nester hired a professional landscaper to redesign his yard.

"I've got some neighbors that invest significantly into their landscaping so I wanted to be a good neighbor. As well, I value the addition of features outside the home just like I do inside the home," said homeowner Bryan Nester.

Angie's List asked some landscapers for advice on what homeowners can get at various budgets.

So what can you get for $50?

"There are several things that can be done, one would be to install mulch in the beds that will insulate the soil and hold in water, that will also cut down on the amount of weeds, another great thing in the springtime is to install flowers," said landscaping contractor Ken Hyatt.

For $500, experts say you can receive several applications of fertilization and a weed control program. And for a half-acre lot, you can have your lawn mowed, trimmed, and edged weekly for four months.

"There are a couple of different things you need to do to prevent weeds. One of them is to apply a pre-emergent in the fall and in the winter and make sure that's watered in. Another thing that many folks don't realize is that when you mow the lawn in early spring, just cutting those weeds down stresses them out and that will make them go away much faster," said Hyatt.
 
For $5,000, experts say the projects get more detailed, such as patios and retaining walls. You can also revamp a home's front foundation landscape.

"If you are dreaming about a big, fancy project for your landscaping, you should talk to a landscaper even if you're unsure about your budget. The great thing about landscaping is it can be done in phases," said Hicks. "Talk to your landscaper. For example, if you're thinking about doing an outdoor kitchen, instead of going all out and doing it in one summer, add the fire pit this year and another element the next," she said.

Angie's List recommends always verifying a landscaper's insurance and licensing information.


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