There are many ways you can improve the value of your home, but one of the most obvious strategies is to improve its curb appeal. There are also many ways you can approach your home’s curb appeal, but one of the biggest issues is often the trees.
That’s because overgrown, damaged or pest ridden trees are not only an eyesore but can be very off-putting for prospective buyers. Unless you’re selling your home as a fixer-upper, buyers don’t want to have to cut down large trees, lop branches or call in an arborist because the trees look unhealthy or dangerous. They want to see a beautiful swath of trees in the full bloom of health and not needing any work.
Many buyers also want to live in a ‘leafy street’ or suburb, because there’s just something about seeing a long line of beautiful broad leafed trees along a road or throughout a suburb. So one tip is to plant these broad leafed trees along your front property line, so that they are not too close to your home. Their location needs to be far enough away from your house so that they don’t cause problems with bushfires or the foundations, but close enough so they also help to provide some shade in the hot summers.
Best trees for Brisbane gardens
Depending on the size of your front garden there are a number of awesome trees that grow well in Brisbane. These include the Weeping Lilly Pilly that has a lollipop shape, provides great shade and grows to around 8m in height and 6m wide. The Eucalyptus Summer Red is another large tree that reaches 6m in height and boasts stunning red blossoms attracting lots of native birds into your front garden. The iconic Brisbane Poinciana is a fabulous shade tree with vibrant red to orange flowers throughout summer. It can reach 10m to 15m in height with a massive 10m width, so it’s not for the faint-hearted! Then there’s the Lemon Scented Myrtle, Bottle Brushes and the gorgeous Eumundi Quandong Tree.
Creating a healthy environment with trees
Planting more trees is one way to improve the air quality around your home. That’s because trees actively remove carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, sulphur dioxide, lead, particulates and ground level ozone from the air. They also provide natural shading and privacy for your home, as well as acting as a windbreak and encouraging more birds into your garden. Basically, the right type of trees add value to your property, particularly healthy, well maintained mature trees.
Taking care of your mature trees
A healthy mature tree is an investment in the value of your home. So it’s important that you monitor your trees and provide them with regular maintenance to promote their health and structural integrity. This maintenance includes pruning and mulching, as well as fertilising the soil if necessary. An annual inspection by a qualified Brisbane based arborist will also help to keep your mature trees healthy and looking fabulous all year round.