I have often heard from buyers I work with this time of year that they don’t care for the way our lovely area “winters” and I can’t blame them. Onslow County is home to many military families. . .and for decades has been an area of high home turnover due to PCS orders. What does that mean for something seemingly so insignificant as landscaping?
Many folks are buying with the thought “Well, why bother, this isn’t my “forever” home.” which I can certainly understand. However, even the smallest efforts, over years will truly change the landscape of our community, which, especially for military families, often is called home more than once in a lifetime or career.
At a minimum, homes in our area need to be power-washed annually. Steamy summer months invite mildew, mold and algae to grow and discolor siding. Check with your builder or siding manufacturer for the safest cleaning options, but often simply water and a scrub brush are enough.
Keep your yard tidy, regardless of the season. You never know when you or a neighbor may be putting your home on the market so preparing in advance by planing trees and shrubs that look great and provide color year round is a must. There are many regional favorites that can help add personality and shade to your yard; azaleas are always popular and come in a variety of colors and are fairly easy to grow, Camellias are pretty low-maintenence with the benefit of blooming and staying green in the chilly months, Confederate Jasmine is a climber with amazing fragrant white flowers and is evergreen in the winter, crepe myrtles can grow into lovely accent and shade trees when they aren’t “cropped”–or as Southern Living Magazine Dubbed it, “Crepe-murdered”. . . and a new favorite, the shade-master honey locust, a hardwood tree that grows pretty quickly into a nice shade tree that requires little raking.
So, this time of year, take some mental notes as to what parts of your yard need some color or structure so that come springtime, you know what areas might need a little TLC once your yard springs to life. A little effort every year will help create a lovely yard you enjoy spending time in, and could be a great asset when it comes time to put your home on the market.