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Posted by Hillman Homes on 2/3/2020

We’ve all seen the way landscaping and decorating trends can sweep through a neighborhood. Some are practical, like planting drought-resistant vegetation. Others are purely aesthetic choices.

In this article, we’re going to break down some of the latest trends in landscaping. Who knows, you might be inspired to get out and revamp your front or backyard with one of these ideas. Read on for some of the latest and greatest landscaping techniques for your home.

Landscaping you can eat

One trend that is making a comeback is growing herbs and vegetables. We’re not talking about a backyard garden in a chicken wire fence (although those are great, too!)--what we’re referring to is planting herbs and colorful lettuces right in your front yard. Well-placed plants look natural and can save you money at the grocery store at the same time. Just make sure they’re planted in soil appropriate for growing vegetables.

Similarly, many people are rediscovering the native fruit trees, bushes, and vines of their area. Adding these items to your yard will give you something sweet to eat and also a sense of pride in your region. So, find out which fruits and vegetables grow well in your area and find some to compliment your yard.

Drought resistance

We’ve all seen the headlines. Climate change is upon us, and water shortage is one of the chief long term concerns. To save water and keep the front yard looking manicured, many people are turning to vegetation that can resist long periods of time without water.

There are drought tolerant plants in almost every family of flora. From flowers to shrubs and even grass. However, many homeowners in areas warm areas prone to drought are opting out of grass completely in favor of stone pathways lined with hardy, yet beautiful, cacti.

Actually comfortable outdoor seating

The days of uncomfortable plastic and metal chairs are numbered. Waterproof outdoor seating has improved immensely in the last few years and a greater number of people taking advantage of it.

Another indoor comfort that is taking root outdoors is the use of varied lighting techniques and colors to create different moods, be it calm or whimsical.

Let it grow

Many homeowners, fed up with having to mow their lawn every weekend instead of spending it relaxing, are opting to let their grass grow out. Planting shade-giving trees, incorporating natural boulders, and creating stone walkways give a wild, but pleasant feeling reminiscent of an English garden.

Where there is grass, it is often left to grow to “meadow” length to complement the natural feeling of the rest of the yard. Planning out such a yard, however, takes time, or you could end up with a backyard that looks like it just hasn’t been taken care of.

What are your favorite backyard landscaping trends?

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Posted by Hillman Homes on 2/27/2019


Can anyone keep up with this New England weather? We sure can't. The good thing is, spring is right around the corner and with the random 60+ degree February days, it's a great opportunity to get a jump start on your spring cleaning checklist so you're not stressing about it when the weather finally stays nice (hopefully.) Check out this article for some great spring cleaning tips: http://massrealestatenews.com/outdoor-spring-cleaning-tips/

If you're still not feeling motivated, don't worry, we've got you covered. Give us a call or send us a message if you're looking to list your home and we can put you in touch with some great professional cleaners!

Posted by Hillman Homes on 3/7/2016

Many people would be shocked to realize just how much money they can unlock from their homes by performing some simple landscaping tasks. Enhancing the curb appeal of your home will also help increase its resale value. This can be accomplished by simply getting your hands dirty planting a flower garden or by hiring a professional landscape contractor. The investment put into your yard will be reflected in your homes listing price. Landscaped yards with a well groomed appearance, tend to be more appealing to home seekers. Yards with gardens that are uncared for, or property that has been left un-landscaped, can really detract from the look of your home and cause your resale value to take a bit of a nosedive. Taking the time to care for your yard and gardens is indication that you care about your home inside and out. An obviously well maintained yard will most definitely attract potential buyers. In order to inspire a potential home buyer to make an appointment to view your home, you need to have them like what they see on the outside first. Working on the exterior of your home and making sure that your yard is well kept will only work to your advantage. Your home needs to stand out, especially if it's facing other competition in your neighborhood. With just a little weekly maintenance you can keep your property looking great. A professional landscape contractor can also be hired to regularly cut your lawn, trim your shrubbery, and tend to your flower gardens. When taking on a landscape project, you should consider how long before you plan to sell your home and recapture your investment. If you aren't planning on selling for five or more years, putting in a vegetable garden or planting your favorite perennials would be fine. These projects would benefit your family and make your yard more appealing and enjoyable. However, if you are landscaping your property close to the sale, you should just focus on projects that increase the aesthetic appeal of your home. Keep your choice of plants, flowers, and stone work very neutral to attract a wider range of potential buyers. Your main goal is to have your home not only be a house a buyer wants to live in, but also a home your neighbors want to live next to!

Posted by Hillman Homes on 7/9/2014

For most of us, our homes could be likened to a sanctuary. A place where we go with a relaxed mind, escaping from the hustle and bustle of the streets. Our backyards should also be inviting and provide the same tranquil feeling. If your yard looks as if it has been abandoned, maybe it's time to give that area of your domain a face lift. Your yard should be an extension of your homes style and allure. If properly done, your yard could become the envy of the neighborhood. This type of improvement project will involve an investment of time and money. Fortunately there are ways to keep your spending under control. Have A Plan Speak to a professional landscape designer, ask for a free estimate or paid consultation on how to best utilize your space. Discuss the contours of your property and learn what type of plants or trees would thrive there. Determine a starting point and discuss potential expansion. As with any project you will need to prioritize the tasks at hand. Eliminate Water Worries No matter how hard you try, nature will find a way to place water where you do not want it. Observing your yard throughout the seasons will help you determine how well the excess water drains off and where additional drainage is needed. When starting a landscaping project be certain not to disrupt the flow of water away from the house, or damage any existing drainage. Have additional drainage installed in areas that retain water to avoid damage to your home. Carefully Select Your Plants Flowers are lovely and you will have your preference, the question is, are those flowers going to thrive in your backyard? You’ll need to select flowers that are sustainable, and hardy to the zone in which you are planting them. This is the same for trees and shrubbery. You will also need to take into consideration the growing conditions such as the position of the sun, soil type, and moisture prior to planting. Flowering trees and shrubs as well as perennial flowers are typically the best investment providing years of enjoyment. A trip to your local garden center can help you determine what plants will do best in your yard. Buy In Bulk Landscape centers typically apply a discount when purchasing larger quantities of plants. It is recommended you buy in bulk as it is always cheaper, don't be afraid to ask for a discount if there isn't one posted. You will also find a reduction in plant prices after the spring planting rush has ended. The end of the growing season is a great time to stock up on gardening tools and supplies. This is typically when you can find these items at the lowest prices. Get Down Get Dirty Doing the landscaping yourself can be quite demanding, and yes you will get dirty. There is a great sense of pride and accomplishment when taking on a home improvement project. The more you can do on your own the better as the cost of hiring a professional landscape team can be quite high. However, there are some landscape projects that require heavy equipment and a professional operator. Do your research, get quotes from local contractors, and confirm they are fully licensed and insured before hiring them. There will be plenty for the family to do once the heavy equipment has left the yard. Maintaining your beautifully landscaped yard is an on going process. Many people find gardening and yard work very therapeutic. The hours of fun and relaxation your family will enjoy in your yard will make your investment of time and money worth while.  

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