Getting Your Garden Looking Fresh for Spring

For many homeowners, the last item on the to-do list before putting their houses on the market is sprucing up their garden.

The best thing you can do is plan ahead and begin freshening up your landscaping this winter. There are many steps you can take this winter that help make your spring garden a standout.

“If homeowners want to sell in March or April they need get rocking and rolling on some of this stuff,” said Andrew Anderson, owner of The Urban Farmer in Long Beach. Anderson specializes in both vegetable gardens and drought-tolerant landscaping.

Although January is well into the winter growing season, Anderson said homeowners can use this time to prepare bare vegetable beds for planting  summer crops by March 1. To restore nitrogen in the soil, Anderson recommends a combination of composted chicken and steer manure, Epson salt, and Sphagnum moss, commonly known as peat moss.

For sellers who can’t wait until after the first quarter, he recommends planting herbs and lettuce to give your vegetable beds a fast-growing crop that looks fresh.

“They’ll even be able to eat lettuces soon and have them grow back by the time they’re ready to go on the market,” Anderson said. Need help planning your vegetable garden? Generally, he’ll charge between $100 and $500 to design and replant a vegetable garden.

If your lawn is brown or has missing patches, you may want to remove it and install drought-tolerant landscaping. Installing succulent or native plants will not only save the future owner a ton on water and maintenance but also remove the hassle of trying to bring grass back to life. Winter is a perfect time of year to this because cooler temperatures allows these plants to establish themselves.

Generally, he charges between $500 and  $2,000 for a drought tolerant landscape redesign, depending on the plants used and square footage.

The good news for Long Beach homeowners is that they may be able to fund their new water-friendly yard with the city’s Lawn to Garden Turf Replacement program. Long Beach offers $2.50 per square foot for up to 1,500 sq. ft. of front yard and parkway that is replaced with drought tolerant landscaping.

The city also offers free designs and ideas, photos, plant lists, and free classes. 

Andrew Anderson can be reached at [email protected]  or his Facebook page.

About the Author

Shannon Jones has been selling real estate since 1998 and specializes in listing and marketing homes. She has consistently been one of the top Realtors in the Long Beach area. Prior to her award-winning career in real estate with the Shannon jones Team, Shannon has had successful careers in journalism and public relations. She holds a bachelors degree from UC Irvine and a masters degree from UC Berkeley. Shannon holds E-Pro, CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert), and PSC (Pre-Foreclosure Specialist) certifications. Shannon is very personable and maintains a very strong moral compass, always putting the best interest of home buyers/sellers above monetary goals. A California native, Shannon enjoys gardening, travel, reading, cooking and poker when she’s not selling homes MY DESIGNATIONS Lic# 01247705 | CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert) | E-Pro | PSC (Pre-Foreclosure Specialist) MY SERVICE AREAS Anaheim Bellflower Buena Park Carson Cerritos Cypress Downey Fountain Valley Garden Grove Huntington Beach La Palma Lakewood Long Beach Los Alamitos Los Angeles County Norwalk Orange County Rossmoor San Pedro Seal Beach Signal Hill South Bay Westminster

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