“More people are becoming ill with diseases carried by ticks and mosquitoes, biting pests that arrive with warmer weather, says Consumer Reports. The annual number of these infections, such as Lyme disease and West Nile virus, reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention more than tripled between 2004 and 2016 in the U.S. But before you spray your yard with pesticides, opt for effective yet less drastic methods.”
The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, today encouraged homeowners to pay close attention to their property’s landscaping as it could have a major impact on value. In fact, a well-landscaped home can add approximately 6 to 13% in value compared to a property with no landscaping, according to one source.
The National Association of Landscape Professionals announces its official list of the top landscape trends of 2018. As the voice of the multibillion-dollar lawn and landscape industry, NALP annually forecasts trends that will impact landscape planning, design and maintenance within the coming year.
A lot of homeowners have resolved to work on their lawnscapes in the new year, according to a recent survey from the Home Projects Council. The most popular outdoor do-it-yourself home improvement New Year’s resolution project is landscaping in the front or backyard. The HPC survey also forecasts an increase in time and money spent on projects by homeowners in 2014.
Almost 50 million home owners (29%) are taking on landscaping projects, according to the latest report from consumer and media research firm Scarborough Research. Landscaping – at 29% – is the top home improvement activity measured by Scarborough, followed by interior painting/wallpaper (28%) and carpeting/floor covering (14%). More expensive home improvement projects, such as kitchen remodeling or window replacement, rank toward the bottom half of the list of popular home improvement activities.