How Professional Landscaping Can Increase Your Resale Value

Planning to put your property on the market and looking for a way to increase its value? Whether you own a townhouse, single-story, double-story, or a large apartment complex in the suburbs, one of the most important aspects of your real estate investment is its resale value. Before putting any property on the market, most people throw money into their interiors, such as plumbing, wiring, carpentry and painting. But what most property owners or investors do not realise is that one of their greatest assets is their backyard.

Add 20% to your property value

Many interesting real estate studies have revealed some astounding figures. Did you know that professional landscaping can increase the value of your commercial property and residential property by up to 20%? Just by having a beautiful front and back landscape can speed up the buying process by as much as six weeks, which is great news for sellers in a rush to sell their property. Research has also revealed that by installing a front or back patio for entertainment can easily raise the property value by another 12.4%. But there’s more… real estate research has also revealed that a property with curb appeal can add another 4.4%, while hedges around the property for privacy can add another 3.6%.

Professional landscaping ideas

As professional landscaping artists, we’ve been creating landscapes for over 15 years, so we know exactly what works and what doesn’t. Below we’ve given you some professional landscaping ideas that will not only add 20 Percent to your selling price but will also add style and functionality.

#1 Transplant fruit and nut trees

Investing in fruit and nut trees are probably one of the best investments you can make, as they are an enhancement that can add significant value. As we move into the era of self-sufficiency, buyers are steering towards a ‘Garden of Eden’ outdoor environment, where they can have the luxury of picking their own avocados, apples, oranges, apricots and nuts, right in their own backyard.

#2 Install an outdoor entertainment area

There are many professional landscaping ideas that will grab the attention of potential buyers, but none are as inviting as an outdoor entertainment area with a patio and deck. South Africans love to entertain at home, and you could even build a paved pathway leading to a gazebo with an outdoor braai area.

#3 Add curb appeal with a water feature

The front of the home is just as important as the back. As mentioned above, curb appeal can add significant value to any property and by installing a striking water feature in the front garden of the property will add polish, class and charm.

If you would like to get your front and back outdoor space ready for the market, then contact the team at EarthLinks Landscaping. We provide professional landscaping services to homes and businesses throughout the entire Johannesburg region.

ECO Landscaping Ideas to Turn Your Garden Into a Botanical Hideaway

South Africans love the outdoors – not only do they love to spend their weekends outside braaing and entertaining family and friends, but South Africans love their flora. But as climate change wreaks havoc throughout South Africa, it’s difficult keeping a garden green and pristine. Everyone has an idea in their head about what they’d like their dream garden to look like, and while it’s easy to know what you want, it’s far harder to implement. Yes, garden landscaping is no easy feat, which is why we’ve rounded up some ECO-friendly garden landscaping ideas guaranteed to turn your garden into your personal botanical hideaway.

Xeriscape

Amid a serious water crisis, many landscapers and homeowners are xeriscaping. With water now considered as a limited resource, xeriscaping is a method of gardening that refers to a set of principles that are practical and environmentally friendly. By selecting the drought-resistant plants and an irrigation system, xeriscaping allows for easy maintenance and water-wise design. Offering homeowners countless benefits, not only is this a low maintenance alternative, but xeriscaping can save homeowners and businesses up to 70 Percent in water usage. Also, by using drought-resistant plants, shrubs, and trees native to your area, you will eliminate the need for fertilizers and pesticides. Besides the above, xeriscaping can also increase property value.

Install a green outdoor entertainment area

While a green lawn is always pretty to look at—unless you own a golf course—it really doesn’t serve much purpose, especially in areas where water is lacking. If you want to utilise your garden well, then it’s time to ditch your lawn and install a green outdoor entertainment area. By following ECO design principles, and by using recycled or locally sourced materials, such as stone, rock, timber or bamboo, you can create a space that is inspirational, productive, spatial, and maintenance free. And there is no better garden landscaping idea than an outdoor entertainment area that can be used for dining, lounging and just hanging out.

We offer full-service garden landscaping services throughout Johannesburg

Transforming, creating, building and maintaining landscapes since 2001, we are a professional garden landscaping company that offers a full-service garden landscaping service to businesses, commercial developments, private homes and residential estates throughout the entire Johannesburg and Pretoria region.

Reputable, reliable, skilled, efficient, ECO-friendly, and affordable – not only do we practice environmentally sustainable methods, but we can design and install any garden design you desire according to your precise needs and constraints. Whatever type of garden design or landscaping services you require – we are the landscaping specialists that can do it all.

Your Questions Answered About Borehole Pump Installations

Considering installing a borehole on your property as a source of drinking water, irrigation or for industrial use? Notwithstanding our current drought, it’s become clear we can no longer rely on many of our local municipalities to deliver clean, safe water. Many industries, communities, residential homes and private organisations throughout South Africa have turned to borehole pump installations for their water needs. Whether for domestic or business use, if you’re interested in a borehole installed, but have some concerns regarding what it involves and how they work—we’ve answered some questions about installations and how they can benefit you.

Can anyone install a borehole pump?

Accumulated from rainfall and underground springs—did you know that there are billions of cubic metres of fresh groundwater right under our feet? Whether for ecological or financial reasons, as one of the most underutilised water resources hidden from the threat of evaporation, anyone can install a borehole and extract up to 20,000 litres of water a day, without having to ask permission.

How long does a borehole pump installation take?

Comprising of a narrow vertical or horizontal shaft bored into the ground with a large diameter casing that allows for the installation of a pump, borehole pumps supply suction to draw the water from the ground. While a skilled and experienced borehole drilling contractor will complete the drilling of the borehole in a matter of hours, a borehole installation can take anywhere from 3 to 5 days.

Ultimately, the duration of the drilling and installation will depend on the compressor used. But foremost, capacity, quality tests, and the surrounding geology and subsurface conditions will need to be assessed. Once completed and approved, the installation will begin.

How Much Does a Borehole Pump Installation Cost?

Dependent on the pump used, the depth of the borehole, and the amount of water required for extraction, a typical domestic borehole pump installation can cost anywhere around R25, 000 and more. However, when utilising your own underground water from your own private supply, apart from the pump, drilling costs, and the bit of electricity used to power your borehole pump, you will notice enormous savings each month. But most importantly, you will have water.

Easing water shortages, one home, business, hospital, clinic, school and community at a time, a borehole pump installation is an economical and environmental long-term solution that can offer unlimited access to thousands of litres of clean water a day, for FREE.

The Top 2 South African Sustainable Trends in Garden Design

South Africa is amid a serious drought – things are so bad that just about every part of South Africa is under strict water restrictions. Many businesses, commercial developments and homeowners have had to turn to more sustainable ways of keeping their outdoor space green, polished, productive and functional.

Yes, South Africa is fast witnessing a growing trend towards sustainable landscape design – not only will it reduce your monthly energy and water bill, but it will also reduce your environmental impact. If you’re looking for a garden design that doesn’t require much water and one that is also low in maintenance, take a look at the top two sustainable trends currently dominating South African garden design.

#1 Reduce your water and energy bills with an indigenous garden

Having witnessed a growing trend towards greener living – everyone is talking about a more sustainable lifestyle with a landscape that is low-maintenance and kind to the environment. A garden design that embraces natural materials, organic fertilizers, water-wise solutions, and drought-resistant indigenous plants, flowers, trees and shrubs—this garden design is pest-resistant and maintenance free, making it a lot easier to care for. And it’s perfect for Johannesburg weather!

#2 Grow your own edibles on a living green wall

Everyone dreams of a beautiful garden thriving with delicious organic edibles and colourful ornamentals to enjoy all year round. If your property is smack-bang in the middle of the city, you’ve probably long given up on growing your own edibles. But you do not have to live in the country to grow all your own greens. It can easily be done in the city by creating a living, vertical green wall.

A rising trend in urban lifestyle living, vertical green walls have become the hottest trend in South African landscape design. City dwellers throughout Johannesburg and South Africa are becoming quite inventive and innovative in the garden and vertical, living green walls are an excellent way to grow and showcase herbs, lettuce, tomatoes and ornamentals. Secure wooden or plastic planter boxes with hooks to your wall and grow and showcase all your favourite edibles. Requiring little water, not only are these ECO-walls easy and aesthetically attractive, but they also help to improve air quality.

2 Trends in Industrial Water Treatment

Everyone is talking about South Africa’s current water crisis. A problem far greater than what they have led us to believe, South Africa’s wastewater treatment plants are in a critical state in terms of incompetence and neglect. While the government is quick to point fingers at bad weather patterns, theft and vandalism – this is a long-standing problem that has gone from bad to worse over the past few years and is a problem that is not going anywhere soon.

While it’s a basic human right of every South African to have access to clean water, this is not the case in most parts of South Africa. While metropolitan cities such as Cape Town, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal have high-quality water supply, smaller towns, areas and communities are not so fortunate. Where some industries can reduce their water consumption, for others, reducing their water consumption means compromising product quality.

Water is considered as the “lifeblood” of most industries, from oil & gas, agriculture, pharmaceuticals, and mining to food & beverage processing (the list of industries with growing water treatment challenges goes on and on) As the drive for environmentally friendly industrial water treatment systems grows more important in South Africa every day, many industries have turned to innovative, sustainable and cost-efficient solutions. Here’s what’s trending in the world of industrial water treatment:

#1 Desalination plants

With over 70% of the Earth made up of water and with over one-quarter of the world’s population living within less than 25 kilometres of the ocean, it just makes logical sense for industries along the coast to install a desalination plant, and that’s exactly what they are doing.

A vital technology for industrial water treatment, desalination plants convert salty water into drinkable water by removing salt and other solids from seawater or brackish water. Using processes, such as reverse osmosis or nanofiltration, desalination plants are a worthwhile investment in those industries that live near the coast as it can easily produce up to 25 million gallons of potable water every day.

#2 Environmentally friendly water recycling systems

As the scarcity of water becomes a more pressing issue and with rising concerns over the environment and the stringent compliance, legislative and environmental regulations against discharge and pollution, industries and municipalities are under increasing pressure to decrease their environmental footprint, forcing people to recycle and reuse their own water.

In seeking greater sustainability in water resource management, wastewater is now being considered more a resource than a waste and to preserve this precious resource for further use, many industries are installing their own environmentally friendly recycling systems using high-efficiency key technologies such as clarification, media filtration, reverse osmosis, evaporation, and ZLD (zero liquid discharge).

 

Increase Your Property Value by 20% With Landscaping

Looking to increase the value of your property without having to invest a fortune? A part of your home or business that speaks volumes about your values and lifestyle, your outdoor space is an influential piece of property that can easily increase the value of your property by up to 20%.

“When people ask how they can get strong interest in their property, we always tell them to fix up their landscaping.” National Association of Realtors

A space that can increase the value of a property and speed up the buying process by as much as six weeks—your garden is one space you really want to get right before you put your property on the market. But where does one start? We’ve got 3 tips guaranteed to add at least 20% onto your asking price.

#1 Swop your lawn for a Zen Rock Garden with succulents

Unless you’ve turned your outdoor space into a mini-golf course, lawn serves very little purpose. While grass can look pretty and polished, it is high maintenance and can quickly become a nightmare to keep green, healthy and polished. Add value and style by removing your lawn and installing a Zen rock garden with aloes and succulents, complemented with a table and some chairs.

#2 Install an outdoor kitchen and entertainment area

Did you know that by installing an entertainment area, you can further, raise property value by another 12.4%? It’s no secret that South Africans love to entertain and if you’re looking to for a way to sweeten the deal, then forget your interior and focus on an outside entertainment area fitted with a braai area, gazebo and swimming pool.

#3 Increase value with fruit trees

Necessary for us to survive, trees do so much more than house birds and sway in the wind. Considered as one of the greatest investments a property owner can make, trees provide shade in the summer and heat in the winter. They also suck up excess water that runs off a property, they reduce carbon dioxide, they prevent soil erosion, and they protect properties against pollutants from entering waterways. On top of the above, they attract birds, provide fruits and nuts, and improve air quality.

Of all improvements to boost property value, landscaping is one that will definitely give you the largest return on your investment.

3 Standout Trends Dominating Commercial and Corporate Landscaping

Interested in elevating your corporate image and brand? Want to know what trends are shaping the corporate and commercial gardening world right now? Did you know that your corporate and commercial property has a powerful impact on how your clients, customers and tenants view your products and services? Yes, in the world of business, impressions are foremost, and one way to impress your clients is to make sure your outdoor space looks polished, stylish, and functional. Want to know where you should spend your landscape dollars next year? Here are the top 3 corporate landscaping trends guaranteed to turn heads and save you money.

#1 Swap the grass and exotics for an ECO-friendly landscape

It’s no secret that Gauteng is amid a serious water crisis and as you can imagine its difficult keeping a landscape polished and functional when water is scarce. Sustainable ECO-friendly landscapes, also known as ‘naturescaping’ is very much trending at the moment. It seems, commercial and corporate landscapes have gone ECO-friendly with many swapping their grass for stones and showcasing more drought-tolerant plants rather than exotics.

#2 Bling is out and natural is in

We never thought we would see the days of corporate landscaping going back to basics, but it’s happened and instead of embracing expensive materials and large and lavish water features, corporate landscaping is embracing natural materials such as rock, stone, and clay for building retainer walls and decks, rock pathways, and for managing their water needs.

#3 Corporates are bringing the outdoors in

Although corporate landscaping reflects the desire to bring the indoors outside, mother nature is having a serious moment indoors, and for a fantastic reason. You really don’t have to be a shrink to know that greenery in and around the workplace enhances the ambience of the office. In fact, studies have even shown that filling the office with greenery reduces both stress and anxiety, and it improves air quality, which is beneficial in combating ‘Sick Building Syndrome’. Yes, healthy employees mean happy and productive employees so don’t be shy to fill your workplace with edibles, ornamentals, and exotics.

While some of these corporate landscaping ideas are a continuation of recent landscaping trends, corporate landscaping is becoming greener, more beautiful, and far more efficient than it was a decade ago. Not only can an attractive, ECO-friendly outdoor space provide an outstanding look and feel for your business property, but a well-designed commercial and corporate landscape speaks volumes about you and your brand.