Whether you’re a permanent resident of the Outer Banks looking to enjoy year-round nights on the deck or a rental owner looking to beautify your yard, you understand that your yard is almost just as important as your actual house. Especially when it comes to property value. Landscaping, particularly with trees, can increase your property value by up to 20% and the resale value by up to 14%.
However, lawn care can be difficult when you live by the beach. You have to choose just the right plants and trees that will be able to withstand all of the different natural elements that affect coastal living like salty air and sandy soil. Hiring a professional Outer Banks landscaping service can help make sure you select environmentally appropriate shrubbery and trees.
Here are three of the best trees for your lawn that will grow and thrive at the Outer Banks, all while making tree care a cinch and your property beautiful.
1. Saw palmetto tree. Saw palmettos are able to tolerate salt very well so are perfect for your beach home. A bonus? The classic palm tree adds a tropical vibe to your property so you’ll always feel like you’re on vacation.
2. Live oak tree. Associated with the deep South, live oak trees are great for withstanding most any kinds of weather conditions. They tend to be low to the ground, very solid and beneficial to housing local wildlife. They’re perfect for preserving the natural environment around your home.
3. Southern magnolia tree. We love magnolia trees for their gorgeous white flowers and sweet fragrance- plus, they won’t be eaten by pesky deer. They’re easy to grow and flourish in the soil found by the beach.
While you may be tempted to have a pefectly manicured lawn that looks straight out of a magazine, keep in mind coastal living is hard on your yard. We recommend going with native plants and trees for a natural, beachy feel. Don’t be afraid to let down your hair so to speak and play around with wild grasses and ground coverings. Speak with your OBX landscaping professional to create a plan and design that will please both you and your budget. You’ll have a beautiful view from your front porch in no time!