Experts Reveal Their Landscaping and Gardening Secrets

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Want to increase the value of your home, and make it more enjoyable to live in before you put it up for sale? Some relatively simple gardening and landscaping fixes, such as planting trees and shrubs, can vastly improve the aesthetics and practicality of your home. Here are some of the most popular gardening trends of 2014 (and some of them will even save you money, too!):

Grow The Foods You Eat and Drink

Americans are becoming increasingly aware of their health and nutrition, and choosing to eat and drink more raw foods — like fresh fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately, preparing your own meals and eating fresh produce can easily get expensive. Planting your own fruits and veggies is a convenient and resourceful alternative. Homeowners are planting kale, strawberries, spinach, and even rare plants — like quinoa — to eat healthy while on a budget. Dwarf plants, or plants specifically cultivated by nurseries to grow in limited space, are making this even easier. Americans are able grow edibles in apartment complexes or even portable planters.

Stop Mowing Your Lawn… Really!

Want to stop mowing your lawn, weed less, and use considerably less water to sustain shrubs and trees? Believe it or not, it is possible. “”Several folks are turning over their grass patches for drought-tolerant flowers in an attempt to minimize water and eliminate fertilizing,” Better Homes and Gardens writes. “Oh! — and, of course, to create a gorgeous, neighbor-envying garden, too!” Sustainable plants and shrubs, like sweat peas, sunflowers and wildflowers, can save you the trouble of mowing your lawn and conserve water, too.

Keep It Classy And Exotic

“Pantone named Radiant Orchid the color of the year. Expect to see it in everything from garden gloves to the tabletop,” HGTV reports. Gardeners are taking the advice very literally, planting orchids to keep things classy and exotic. Others are simply opting for the rich color — infusing landscapes with purples, lavenders, fuschia, and orchid.

Increase the value of your home and save money. Grow edibles, sustainable wildflowers to skip mowing and watering the lawn, and colorful trees and shrubs to keep landscapes practical and beautiful. Continue your research here.

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