How is the curb appeal of your mountain lake property? Whether you are seeking to enhance the curb appeal to sell your Big Bear Real Estate, or simply have the goal to make your newly purchased house into a home, don’t overlook the benefits of high altitude gardening or landscaping.
The truth is that gardening in Big Bear, CA can be a challenge due to the short growing season and variable temperatures that can plummet to freezing from October through April.
Throw in a late snow storm or two and things can get downright frustrating. The reality is that growing season in the mountains tends to be from June through September–a short four months.
Challenges to gardeners include not only the weather and temperatures but also local wildlife and soil composition, which can be very dry and/or rocky. This means that soil amendments and strategic planning of plant selections are vital for success with a minimum of stress.
Since green living has become a national trend, planting a wildlife or eco-friendly garden fits in nicely with the forest environment so don’t worry about planting a traditional grass lawn. In some properties, dirt or pavement tends to dominate the landscape so a little creativity and color can go a long way to pumping up the personality.
Potted plants, raised planting beds or hanging baskets help add color with minimum of effort or grief. To get the secrets about creating a great garden in the mountains, consult with the local nurseries or landscaping pros before you start.
Because they are familiar with the many unique challenges in Big Bear, they can suggest the best plants for your specific region. If you are new to the area, consider xeriscaping or xerogardening. These are particular types of landscaping and gardening that reduce or eliminate the need for water.
Many locals opt for season extenders, which are techniques and products that help extend the growing season. The most commonly used in local neighborhoods are greenhouses. Basically, season extenders help keep plants warm during cooler weather. Some work best in the spring while others work best in the fall.
Garden covers are another season extender that work by insulating plants. Around town you may see simple homemade row covers or commercially constructed ones that are made up of long pieces of fabric placed directly above the plants to form tunnels so plants are protected from frost.
Right now is the perfect time to start working on your garden or planting to enhance your property’s appeal. Map out ideas, then consult with one of the nurseries about the best way to proceed. They can help you with planning as well as soil nutrients and plants.
If you are looking to buy or sell, Rahill Realty specializes in real estate in Big Bear, CA. Take some time to search our MLS online and then contact us with any questions or to schedule a home tour of the Big Bear houses and properties.