Recently, I published a blog about buying and selling at Christmas, exploring how Christmas can actually be a good time to put your property on the market or make the move into a new home. But it’s not just the holiday break that makes people unsure about selling around this time of year – it’s also the weather.
One of the most common concerns I hear from vendors in summer is the havoc that our scorching hot temperatures wreak on their beautiful gardens. The grass looks dry, plants wilt and it is easy to avoid getting out in the hot sun to do the routine maintenance that is needed to really present a property in the best light. And as one of the biggest selling points for a home is what we call ‘kerb appeal’ (how the property looks from the street – which relies a lot on your front garden), sellers should be motivated to keep their green thumb active – even in this hot weather.
With a few simple tips, you can ensure your garden is looking it’s best – whether you are looking to sell or not!
Mow your lawn regularly to keep it looking neat – and give it a regular water. Watering is actually best done early in the day as grass needs sunshine in order for photosynthesis to take place and be healthy – so check what time the water restrictions begin in your area, and embrace an early morning watering routine. A good long soak 2 – 3 mornings per week will help keep your lawn healthy.
Aerating your lawn will also allow water to be absorbed more effectively. This could be as simple as pushing a garden fork into the ground at 15cm intervals. However, if you have a lot of lawn a machine would be a much better option!
Help plants thrive in hot weather by adding a wetting agent to your garden beds, which help soil absorb water more readily. Using an organic mulch or fertiliser will also help reduce the amount of watering you need to do.
Mulch can also assist to reduce weeds, absorb water and retain nutrients in your soil. It also makes garden beds look neater and more attractive.
If you are doing a bit of planting to help the property get ready for sale, pick plants that last well in the heat. Look for durable grasses and robust flowers. Even certain kinds of vegetables such as sweet potato, corn and snake beans thrive in hot weather. Natives are always a good choice as well.
With a bit of know-how, you can make the most of your time spent gardening in summer, so that your outdoor areas are lush and inviting even in the heat.
Also remember to schedule inspections for the beginning of the day so that the house stays cool and inviting to prospective buyers – and so that the heat doesn’t put them off coming to look at your beautiful – and well-maintained – property.