â€œCurb appeal is a concept introduced by real estate agents,â€ Tallamy told the 30th annual Cullowhee Native Plant Conference in Cullowhee, N.C., in July. â€œIn the real estate view, curb appeal seems to be a full view of the front of the house, which by default is an open lawn.
This is like saying real estate agents set the prices for homes (we don’t). Good agents interpret the market and advise accordingly.
Meh. I’m going to give the professor of entomology and wildlife ecology the benefit of the doubt and re-write his sentence for him. “Curb appeal is a concept introduced by consumers and interpreted by real estate agents. In the real estate consumers’ view, curb appeal usually seems to be a full view of the front of the house, which by default is an open lawn.”
That said, I agree with this –
“The problem with yards that are mostly grass is that they are â€œdead landscapesâ€ that lack plants, specifically plants native to a homeowner’s region of the country, that support the web of plant, insect and animal life, Tallamy contends.”
Most front yards are rarely used for anything other than using a lawn mower.
I’m curious though – what native grasses and species would be best in the Charlottesville/Central Virginia area that would provide a good balance between buyers’ expectations and sellers’ needs to present great curb appeal?
The District, in partnership with four other Districts, is initiating a “Conservation Assistance Program” to assist non-agricultural landowners to reduce their stormwater footprint and improve water quality. Currently four practices have funding available to landowners – conversion of turf grass to native plants, installation of community pet waste stations, installing rain gardens, and rain water harvesting using cisterns 250 gallons and greater. Applications are currently being accepted, please click here to download the form. All applications should be accompanied by a preliminary plan of the practice describing the site, objectives of the practice, square footage, and location.
The incentive payment rate for this practice has two levels. For converting turf grass to a meadow like setting, with only grasses and forbs, the rate is $75 per 1000 square feet. For converting turf grass areas to a landscaped bedÂ setting with trees, shrubs, and ground cover/mulch, the rate is $750 per 1000 square feet.
* Note: the above photo is from Texas.