In the front yard, landscaping's role is to help people notice the house first, says King. The landscaping should pull your eyes to the front door. While the Realtor is opening the lockbox, buyers will be looking around at the landscaping, so have pots of blooming flowers nearby.
Trees, bamboo and other screening plants can be used to hide anything unsightly, such as your neighbor's garage door or the trash cans, says King. "You want to make your house look good and hide the ugly views," he says.
Woda says foundational plants such as evergreens are better than those that lose their leaves. "What if you want to sell your house in the winter?" she says. Also, plants that are beautiful when blooming don't add to curb appeal out of season. Accent plants such as knockout roses bloom all summer. "They're super easy to take care of," she says.
Trees can add value, providing canopy, shade and insulation from sun, but they have issues, too, says Lucco. Tree roots can damage the foundation, die or be too close to the house. Buyers may not want fruit- or nut-bearing trees. "Some buyers won't pay one penny extra and might even cut them down," he says.