|All lots should have some type of landscaping - and even cheap starters or grungy industrial lots will look a lot better if you add a tree or shrub and apply a little terrain paint in the right places.
- Terrain paint doesn't cost anything in Build Mode, and the standard terrain paints can look very nice. Try painting a bit of soil underneath trees and shrubs, dirt around the house and where sims will walk, add a garden path .. you'll be surprised what a difference it makes.
- Don't randomly plunk down a tree or two just to have landscaping, put some thought and effort into your placement.
- Look at some real gardens or landscaping websites for ideas.