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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?


This Single-Family in Dedham, MA recently sold for $461,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Karen Majalian - RE/MAX Unlimited.


18 Hillside Rd, Dedham, MA 02026

Single-Family

$439,000
Price
$461,000
Sale Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Charming sun-filled colonial in sought after Riverdale neighborhood of Dedham. Check these great features off your wish list….high ceilings, an open concept living and dining area and gorgeous hardwood floors throughout. Good sized, bright and sunny eat in kitchen. Master bedroom with large closet, generous 2nd bedroom plus bonus room presently being used as a 3rd bedroom. Improvements include ½ bathroom on the first floor, finished room in the basement, new front stairs. Pull down stairs for easy attic access. Partially fenced in yard. 1 car detached garage. Relax on the enclosed, three season porch or hang out on the back deck. Super convenient location, affordable and adorable, this is the one you have been waiting for! Minutes to Rt. 128, Dedham Square restaurants and shopping.

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Let's face it – clutter is an eyesore that all home sellers can live without. However, removing clutter before you list your house may prove to be difficult, particularly for those with limited time and resources at their disposal.

Fortunately, we're here to help you streamline the decluttering process. That way, you can speed up the process of improving your house's appearance and get your residence show-ready.

To better understand how to effectively declutter your home, let's take a look at three best practices for decluttering:

1. Organize Your Belongings

Old electronics, broken exercise equipment and other items can take up lots of space in your home. If you take a look at all of your belongings, you can differentiate clutter from items that you'd like to keep.

If you haven't used an item in several years or an item simply takes up space in your house, this item likely is clutter. As such, you should eliminate this item from your premises as soon as possible.

On the other hand, items that you use regularly or items that have sentimental value may prove to be keepers. With these items, you should store and maintain them properly to reduce the risk of deterioration.

2. Get Rid of Items That You No Longer Need

There may be a wide range of clutter scattered throughout your house. Although your first instinct might tell you to throw out excess items, it is important to consider whether these items could be sold or donated.

Even though a particular item no longer serves your needs, you may be able to sell this item to the highest bidder. Thus, if you post an item online or host a garage sell, you could earn extra cash by selling your clutter.

In addition, many charities will accept items that you no longer need. If you have excess items that are working properly, reach out to local charities, and these organizations may be able to pick them up at your convenience.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

If you plan to list your home in the next few weeks, consulting with a real estate agent is ideal. This housing market professional can offer expert decluttering recommendations and help you get your house ready for the real estate market.

Typically, a real estate agent will meet with you, evaluate your house and learn about your home selling goals. He or she also will explain the home selling process and ensure you know what to expect before you list your residence.

In most instances, a real estate agent will set up home showings and open houses, notify you about offers on your house and provide various home selling recommendations and suggestions. Plus, if you ever have questions about decluttering your home or other home selling topics, a real estate agent can provide immediate answers.

Simplify the process of decluttering your house – use the aforementioned tips, and you can remove clutter from your residence in no time at all.


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38 Lillian Rd, Stoughton, MA 02072

Single-Family

$369,900
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
PREVIEW OH THUR 7/12 4-6PM; FRI 7/13 12-1; SAT 7/14 11-1; SUN 7/15 12-2. There's no place like home! This beautifully maintained Ranch is set on a large level lot on a peaceful and quiet cul-de-sac. This lovely home features satin finished hardwood floors, bay windows, fireplace and a cozy family room away from the bedrooms so you don't disturb anyone sleeping! Amazing recreation room is for the entire family to enjoy...accommodates a pool table, ping pong or home theater! Nice community, convenient Commuter Rail if you work in Boston, plus area amenities, IKEA, Target, YMCA, Ames Pond and Halloran Park—to name a few. OFFERS IF ANY REVIEWED MON 7/16 5PM.
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