Landscaping: Cost-Effective Tips to Improving Land Aesthetic Value

  • Landscape designing which involves planting strategic plants and flowers, adds aesthetic appeal and increases land valuation.

    According to real estate experts, properly beautified homes attract higher prices from prospective buyers. In most cases, the price doubles, making a property even more attractive.

    “Some landlords even tend to increase rental prices after carrying out proper beautification programmes,” Green Valley indicated on its website.

    The whole landscaping process involves face-lifting the property making the outdoors habitable that are commonly used for entertainment, gardening, parties, relaxing, occasional picnics, and play by most households.

    Different plants in a home garden during the beautification programme

    Different plants in a home garden during the beautification programme.

    Green Valley

    Landscaping ideation starts immediately after acquiring the architectural designs.

    Factors to Consider Before Landscaping

    Climate Analysis

    A thorough study of the site’s climate is necessary since the survival of vegetation in the area completely depends upon it. 

    Soil Type

    It is also essential for one to carry out proper soil analysis to establish which plants will thrive in the area.

    Using Existing Plants

    Recognising which plants can be incorporated into the landscape is also important. Some existing plants act as buffers to new plants, helping them grow without destruction.

    Future of the Landscape

    Landowners are also encouraged to conceptualise how landscape design will look in the future.

    “For example, consider the scenario of choosing a certain landscape design for its spacious structure and easy access to every corner of the yard. 

    But the plants and saplings of your choice are likely to grow up into huge trees in a few years; thus, the primary purpose of choosing the landscape design is rendered futile after,” Green Valley stated.

    An apartment block in Karen Estate, Nairobi.

    An apartment block in Karen Estate, Nairobi.


    Maintenance Cost

    According to former model Emma Too, maintenance is critical to consider before landscaping. Proper choice of plants helps landowners to approximate the maintenance costs.

    “Maintenance is the most important aspect of landscaping, it’s expensive, but it’s an investment that pays off in the long team. Hence the choice of type of plants and grass is important to reduce the cost, people give up when it becomes expensive. Plan for low maintenance scapes,” Too explained.

    Spicing up the outdoors with swimming pools and other facilities also increases land valuation, making owners hike purchasing prices.

Jay Ndungu

Jay is a computer scientist and journalist with a passion for the intersection of technology and society. He has a background in computer science, developing a deep understanding of the technical aspects of the industry, including programming languages and software development methodologies. Currently, He writes for Nairobi Times, covering a wide range of topics including technology, politics, sports, and entertainment. With his unique combination of technical knowledge and journalistic experience, Jay brings a unique perspective to the stories he covers, able to explain complex technical concepts in an easy-to-understand manner. His work is dedicated to bridge the gap between technology and society, and to make people more aware of the potential of technology to make the world a better place.

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