What About The Garden?

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What about the Garden?  That is a question that comes up more often than you might think.  There are three basic types of gardens that I am going to be talking about here. Of course, there are always variations to these basic types.  The three basic types of gardens I want to discuss are: Perennial, vegetable/fruit, and flower.

Perennial gardens are usually the least amount of work.  They can feature bushes and flowers that come back every year.  They look the best when trimmed and mulch is put around the plants to keep the weeds down with minimal effort.  They are used primarily to add curb appeal.

Vegetable gardens can look messy, offer plenty of food, and are usually a lot of work. The fruit gardens are typically trees which are not a lot of work, yet they do need to be kept trimmed.  These gardens are the type of garden that can cause problems when selling if it is not clearly spelled out in the purchase agreement who gets the bounty of the garden/trees.  Typically the seller would allow the buyer to keep the harvest, however there are times when the buyer and seller can agree to allow the seller to come back for the harvest or at least a portion of the harvest - this typically happens when there is a very large harvest - think orchard.

The third type of garden should be limited.  Flowers, especially annuals can be beautiful to look at, yet they can be a lot of work as well.  Most buyers like to look at pretty flowers as a great addition to the curb appeal of a property, yet they do not necessarily want to take on that much work.  So limiting the number of annuals in a yard is a good thing - even if you have to seed over some garden space to get a more manageable garden space.

No matter what your thoughts about gardening if you are selling make sure the gardens are trimmed, weedless, and manageable to not scare off any buyer.


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