Double-wide manufactured homes offer space and a sturdy place to live without the high costs of site-built homes. However, many homeowners who buy a manufactured home prefer to hide or downplay its differences from other homes. Try some focused landscaping upgrades to complement the attractive parts of your double-wide and hide any unappealing areas.
If you are adding plants to hide an ugly patch of siding or other eyesore on your double-wide home, choose evergreen plants. Plant that lose their leaves in the winter will reveal the unwanted area. If your home is in a tropical climate with no winter, any plant with year-round foliage will work. There's no point in adding plants to cover a specific area up if they'll just draw attention to it when bare.
Since a double-wide home doesn't have a concrete or brick foundation, you must choose a different method of blending the area where the aluminum flashing of a double-wide meets the ground. Plants with aggressive roots or vining tendencies will grow onto the flashing and could damage it. Try surrounding the base of your double-wide home with raised mulched beds and an assortment of mixed small shrubs and clumping plants.
If you don't like the look of the siding on your mobile home or are tired of pressure-washing it each year, try growing non-aggressive vines over the home. Fast-growing vines like Ficus pumila, or creeping fig, will spread and cover the exterior walls in a year or two with proper care. Some vines, like English ivy or Hedera helix, could damage siding or grow too aggressively into the structure of the home. Flowering vines will add attractiveness during the blooming season.
Older mobile homes were often built with little to no insulation. This leads to highly expensive cooling bills if you live in a warm climate. Adding shade around your double-wide mobile home will create shade and lower the ambient temperature inside your home, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. The large and slow-growing decidious trees often chosen for shade drop large branches that put holes in the weaker roofs of double-wide homes. Instead, try a vine trellis or tall evergreen trees that remain compact planted to shade the southern side of the house.
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