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6 Low-Maintenance Shrubs and Grasses for Your Lowcountry Home

Fountain GrassYou don’t have to redesign your entire landscape to give it an update that will make an impact. A few changes here, the addition of planters there, and your Lowcountry curb appeal can have a modern look.

One way to update your curb appeal is to bring in ornamental grasses and swap overgrown shrubs for smaller ones. These six shrubs and grasses are all low-maintenance and can be found throughout South Carolina.

Ornamental Grasses
Sometimes just the removal of weeds and the addition of some ornamental grass can be enough to update your curb appeal. Grasses are perfect to create planters for an entrance or deck, or to stand alone in your yard or flower bed.

  • Fountain Grass – these low-maintenance grasses come in a variety of types, but each of them would be a complimenting choice to your landscape.
  • Northern Sea Oats – While this type of ornamental grass spreads rapidly, it is tolerant of salt spray from the ocean, making it a welcome choice. Another benefit is its extensive system of stems and roots underground that helps to reduce erosion. You only need a small bit if using in a planter.
  • Hair Grass – This ornamental grass will add a pinkish-purple color to your landscaping, and can also be used as a stand alone plant.

Curb Appeal Inspiration for Your Hilton Head Island Home

Shrubs

  • Indian Hawthorne – This low maintenance evergreen shrub does best in full sun and once established, is tolerant of droughts.
  • George Tabor Azalea – This shrub grows quicker than other azaleas and withstands the heat and sun we have in Hilton Head.
  • Banana Shrub – This shrub smells exactly like its name, is low-maintenance, and can be planted in sun or shade.

These are just a few of the many options you have to beautify your Lowcountry home. From the smallest of changes to the major projects, your landscaping can be beautiful, unique, and easy to take care of. The information in this post can be credited to davesgarden.com, on which you can find hundreds of other plant choices for South Carolina.

My name is June Seebohm and I am an experienced Realtor serving the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC area’s. I am happy to help you in any way that I can in regards to learning about our beautiful area, as well as any and all of your real estate needs or questions! Please don’t hesitate to contact me via email: june@alwaysjune.com or call 843-290-2929. I also have a Facebook Page and would love to connect with you there. Whether you are a vacationer, resident, buyer, seller, or current home owner/renter interested in the Hilton Head area, this is a blog you’ll want to follow!

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Curb Appeal Inspiration for Your Hilton Head Island Home

One of the things I enjoy so much about the Hilton Head Island area is the climate and the opportunity it allows for tropical landscaping and unique hardscaping.

Harrington Landscaping and Construction - Hilton Head Island

Harrington Landscaping and Construction – Hilton Head Island

Whether you’ve just moved into a new home and want to make it yours or you’re selling and want to spruce up your curb appeal, HHI has you covered! I went in search of some of the best pictures for outdoor inspiration and while doing that, I thought it would be better to provide a list of five landscaping choices in our area to give you a head start on your next project.

In no particular order, here they are:

1. Hilton Head Landscapes
This is a full-service landscape architecture and development company that provides service from the initial project design through installation and maintenance. Services include:

  • Landscape Design
  • Hardscaping
  • Landscape Maintenance
  • Irrigation Systems
  • Landscape Structures
  • Water Features

2. Bruno Landscape and Nursery
This is an award winning full-service landscaping company and retail nursery. Their services include:

  • Landscape Design and Construction
  • Landscape Maintenance Programs
  • Hardscaping

3. Island Environments Inc.
This full-service landscape and installation company has been serving Hilton Head Island, Daufuskie Island, Bluffton, Okatie, and Beaufort for over 20 years and offers:

  • Landscape Design and Planning
  • Construction and Installation
  • Maintenance
  • Irrigation
  • Outdoor Lighting
  • Grading and Drainage
  • Drives, Patios and Walks
  • Fountains and Ponds
  • Pots and Planters

4. Ocean Woods Landscaping
Ocean Woods is one of the largest landscaping companies in the Lowcountry, which began over 35 years ago.  They service homes and commercial properties from Hilton Head Island, throughout the Bluffton area and from Savannah to Beaufort. Services include:

  • Design
  • Installation
  • Maintenance
  • Irrigation
  • Lighting
  • Water Features
  • Hardscaping
  • Drainage

5. Harrington Landscaping & Construction
This landscape design company offers a wide variety of services for everything involved in outdoor living. They have design teams that can create outdoor living, kitchens, fire pits, barbecues, and custom pool designs.

I always look forward to showing buyers homes that have fabulous landscaping, it their very first impression of the home and it sets the tone for a positive experience.

In addition to that, it’s very rewarding to watch as newcomers to Hilton Head Island start thinking of landscaping ideas to make the house they just bought their home.

Do you have other landscaping companies you would recommend?

My name is June Seebohm and I am an experienced Realtor serving the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC area’s. I am happy to help you in any way that I can in regards to learning about our beautiful area, as well as any and all of your real estate needs or questions! Please don’t hesitate to contact me via email: june@alwaysjune.com or call 843-290-2929. I also have a Facebook Page and would love to connect with you there. Whether you are a vacationer, resident, buyer, seller, or current home owner/renter interested in the Hilton Head area, this is a blog you’ll want to follow!

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7 Curb Appeal Tips to Prepare Your Home for Sale

The process of selling a home doesn’t have to be as difficult as you may think.  By avoiding a few mistakes right from the beginning, you can help to position your home ahead of the competition and concentrate on getting it sold quickly and for the right price.

The exterior of your home, or curb appeal, is the first impression you give to buyers.  In fact, potential buyers have already made some decisions about your home before they’ve even gotten out of their car, just based on what they see.  The number one mistake sellers make is to neglect the exterior appeal of the home and just concentrate on the inside.  The inside of a home can be just what a buyer is looking for, but if you’ve already turned them off, it can be difficult for them to see the true potential of the home, or bring an offer with the best price.

From the outdoor decorations you choose to the care you take in maintaining the landscape, show your home at its best to potential buyers with these tips:

1. Outdoor deco is a great way to add visual appeal, but avoid very personal things like religious items and be sure to put away children’s toys and pet items.

2. Over time, the grassy areas of your yard may have become your perfect garden oasis.  While it was great for you, a potential buyer may see that as a lot of work.  In order to appeal to the largest number of buyers, make some changes to offer a lower maintenance area.

3. Keep the driveway open and free of clutter.  If you have a garage, park the car in it, don’t leave it in the driveway.  Believe it or not, buyers will think there must not be enough room for their vehicle if yours is in the driveway.

4. The paint color of your home should be neutral, just like the interior.  You may love the vibrant orange you chose two years ago, but a potential buyer may see that as work they have to do, which in turn will keep your home on the market longer or invite lower than asking price offers.

5. Weed, weed, weed, and get rid of anything dead.  I can’t stress enough how important a little thing like weeding and dead plants can be when your home is for sale.  The way you present the landscaping gives buyers a look into how well you maintain the home overall.

6. Replace, fix, or paint things like shutters and window boxes.  If it’s been on your to-do list, make sure it’s done before putting the home on the market.  That goes for seasonal maintenance as well, like power washing sidewalks and siding or brick.

7. Just as buyers get their first impression of the overall home from your curb appeal, you must take into consideration how well your neighbors take care of their yards.  If there is a particular yard that hasn’t been kept up, you could offer your help in bringing it back to life!

Do you have any other tips to add?  Do you have a curb appeal nightmare story?  Please leave a comment below, I’d love to hear them!

My name is June Seebohm and I am an experienced Realtor serving the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC area’s. I am happy to help you in any way that I can in regards to learning about our beautiful area, as well as any and all of your real estate needs or questions! Please don’t hesitate to contact me via email: june@alwaysjune.com or call 843-290-2929. I also have a Facebook Page and would love to connect with you there. Whether you are a vacationer, resident, buyer, seller, or current home owner/renter interested in the Hilton Head area, this is a blog you’ll want to follow!

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