April 01 2019

Real Curb Appeal: 5 Ways to Make Your Landscape Safer and Prettier at the Same Time

Any one of our landscape architects will tell you that safety is just as important as aesthetics in designing your ideal outdoor space, particularly when it comes to curb appeal. If you’re looking to add true value to your home, consider these investments that bring a beautiful balance of form and functionality.

Landscape Lighting
From the time we “fall back” in November until we “spring forward” in March, much of our leisure time at home after work is spent in the dark. Early mornings are relatively dark for a good portion of the year, too. Minimize the likelihood of slips, trips and falls while creating a uniquely illuminated ambiance with landscape lighting. If you’re the type who likes to kick back and take in some fresh air after a long day, even better! Having the right lighting on your porch will encourage you to make good use of it.

Paved Walkways
Take a look around the perimeter of your home. Is it safe and simple to get where you want to go? From the driveway to the porch, yard to garden, custom walkways add much-needed navigation to your landscape. Sure, you know where you’re going. But those routes can have dips or other inconsistencies that you just never quite remember to watch out for. A walkway also helps your guests know where to walk, perhaps leading to a grand reveal of an outdoor kitchen or poolscape.

Front Yard Privacy
Not everyone feels comfortable putting their home on full display, and even those who do usually want at least some barrier to entry onto the property. With the right trees and shrubs, you can create a natural fence. Blue Point Juniper, emerald green arborvitae and skip laurel are a few examples of foliage that can serve as a form of privacy.

Insect Control
You might not know you need insect control for your landscape—until you do. Fleas, ticks and mosquitos pose significant health risks. Did you know that New Jersey has one of the highest rates of Lyme disease (commonly carried by ticks) in the U.S.? Controlling these tiny-but-troublesome intruders tends to feel like a losing battle during an infestation. Instead of trying to get them away, make a concerted effort to keep them away with organic insect control.

Professional Landscaping Services
The easiest way to make your outdoor space safer and more visually appealing all around is to hire a full-service residential landscaping company like High Tech Landscapes. We can provide all of the above and more with quality materials, reliable service and decades of experience. View our residential gallery for inspiration and contact us today!