It’s common knowledge good landscaping and curb appeal can add to your home’s resale value and can even bring a quicker sale. A nice yard is simply inviting to buyers. But there are other real benefits to landscaping we often overlook. Here are three ways your landscape brings value to your home’s worth, the environment, and your own well-being.
1. Cutting Heating and Cooling Bills
• Shading your air-conditioning unit can increase its effectiveness by 10%.
• Carefully selected and placed trees around your home can lower cooling costs as much as 25%.
• Planting ground covers, shrubs and lawns reduces the heat reflected from the ground and onto walls and windows for a cooler indoors and more energy savings. • Planting shade trees that lose their leaves in the winter instead of evergreens can also help warm your home in the cloudy, cooler months by allowing in more sun.
2. Naturally Cleaning and Reducing Energy
Water and maintenance used to keep plants healthy doesn’t go down the drain. Widespread tree planting and climate-appropriate landscaping offer substantial environmental benefits.
• Trees and plants control erosion, protect water supplies, provide food, create habitat for wildlife, and clean the air by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. An average tree absorbs 26 pounds of carbon dioxide from the air each year. That equals 11,000 miles of car emissions.
• Grass serves as a natural filter to reduce pollution by purifying the water passing through its root zone. Certain grasses, such as fescue, only grow to a certain height and are water thrifty. By using these species, you can eliminate the fuel, water, and time consumption associated with lawn mowing, watering, and trimming.
4. A Veggie Garden Helps Your Wallet and Your Health
• The amount spent on growing a veggie garden brings back 7 to 10 times the initial investment. Home grown veggies are often more tasty and certainly less expensive than store bought organics. Plus, studies have found that gardeners eat a wider variety of vegetables rich in antioxidants that help fight diseases like cancer.
• Gardening burns an average of 300 calories per hour, while heavy yard work can burn more than 600 calories per hour! Gardening is an ideal form of exercise because it combines three important types of physical activity: strength, endurance and flexibility. Spending time outdoors also reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, and relieves muscle tension.