How to upgrade your home with one simple gardening tip – including adding wildflowers to your lawn
garden can have a huge impact on home prices, as 92 percent of home seekers in a 2021 homebuyer wish list report cite it as the most important feature in a home.
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However, there are some changes you can make within your outdoor space that could make your home even more appealing to potential buyers – and they don’t require a lot of effort or expense.
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Creating ways to bring wildlife into your garden could increase the value of an average UK home to £27,000, according to experts, and it could be as simple as planting bee-friendly flowers or creating a wildflower lawn.
Fiona Jenkins, gardening expert at MyJobQuote explains: “A well-designed wildlife garden can add between 5% and 20% to the value of your home, depending on its size and location.”
Would you like to try it? To help those looking to add value to their home and attract potential buyers, Sean McMenemy – garden wildlife expert and director of Ark Wildlife – has compiled his top tips for gardening with wildlife along with insights from real estate experts and realtors.
Adding wildflowers to your garden could increase its value
3 top wildlife gardening tips to upgrade your home
Appeal to people’s aspirations
Jonathan Rolande, founding member of the National Association of Property Buyers and director of House Buy Fast, says: “When people enter a house, pleasant smells can help them imagine living there. A wildlife friendly garden full of fragrant flowers can really help and potentially help you sell the home quick and for more.
“Even when looking at a property, people are buying into a certain lifestyle – and many imagine taking care of a beautiful garden. They then subconsciously prefer the property and may pay a little more for it.”
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Sean McMenemy recommends planting bee-friendly flowers to achieve this:
“In recent years, the importance of bees as pollinators has been widely recognized and conservation efforts are being made. You can do your part by planting flowers like geraniums, lavender, and open dahlias, or herbs like marjoram, sage, and chives. Then your garden will look and smell nice and you will help the bees to spread flowers and fruits in the neighborhood.”
Growing herbs could also be a good addition to your garden
Take a step back from maintenance
Nick Lewis-Smith, Director at Michael Anthony Real Estate Agents, says: “Even the smallest garden or outdoor space is more likely to add value to a home if it is lush and in a location that looks natural enough to attract wildlife. And while gardens need maintenance, gardening to welcome wildlife means taking that maintenance a little lighter.”
Sean McMenemy says, “More grass means more habitat for all kinds of animals. You can achieve a beautiful look with a mix of grasses and wildflowers, aided by the use of wildflower seed balls. Just remember to plan it carefully so that it looks designed rather than neglected.”
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Seed Balls for Bees, £8.99, Amazon
Create a balance
George Clover, Partner at Helmore’s Estate Agents says: “Most people like wildlife and in smaller gardens they might add a pond or hotel for large insects, or plant specific plants and flowers to attract insects and birds. This means that gardens can be beautiful and usable, yet still attract wildlife for the pleasure and benefit of the ecosystems we share.
“A well landscaped garden containing all the elements for enjoyment and wildlife could represent up to 10% of an average UK property versus a bare garden. However, a wildlife garden could be left entirely to nature, which is great for wildlife but not attractive to many buyers.”
A bird bath is an easy way to introduce wildlife to your yard
Sean McMenemy recommends water games as a fantastic way to find that balance: “Water sources provide habitats for frogs, newts, dragonflies and, of course, visiting birds. The best location for a water feature is somewhere with plenty of sunlight. You can attract more wildlife by placing plants, flowers, and tree trunks around it, which will also improve the look for home buyers.
“I would opt for bird baths over ponds when considering adding value to your home, depending on the type of property you have, as ponds may deter families with young children who need a safe garden space.”
Traditional Kingfisher resin bird bath, £15.48, Amazon
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