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Consider investing some green in your landscaping to increase your home’s worth |

SIOUX CITY | If you want to turn your backyard into an oasis as seen on HGTV, be prepared to spend some money.

Mike Lutt, owner of Country Nursery Inc. in Wayne, Nebraska, said that makeover could cost anywhere from $1,000 to more than $200,000 depending on your wants, needs and square footage. The average cost of an outdoor patio is $12,000 to 15,000.

“People are going from wooden decks and synthetic Terex decking to a raised paver patio for the same cost,” said Lutt, who said multi-level raised paver patios allow homeowners to incorporate more elements and designs into their outdoor spaces. “It used to be just slapped up against the house. Now, they bring it out further.”

Lutt said there are benefits to using VERSA-LOK retaining walls, made of high-strength, low-absorption concrete, and Willow Creek Paving Stones, composed of high-strength aggregates. He said these materials don’t have to be stained or sealed as wood does, and they don’t fade.

He said homeowners also have more flexibility in creating the outdoor living area of their dreams. Those areas are equipped with outdoor kitchens, bars, grills and even wood fired pizza ovens. Lutt said he has even added a fire feature to a covered outdoor area.

“We take their ideas and our ideas and try to put them together,” Lutt said of the design process.

Steve Leininger, production manager at Lawn Pros in Sioux City, echoed the popularity of paver patios and fire pits. He said water features, such as rock fountains, are more trendy than ponds simply because they require less maintenance.

“Using the water where it’s hidden instead of having an actual body of water — those have been pretty popular,” he said.

Although landscaping is generally the last thing that’s addressed when it comes to the construction of a new home, Leininger said investing 5 percent of your…

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