5 Benefits of Residential Landscaping
There are more than 5 benefits of residential landscaping, but these 5 top our list. These 5 benefits not only add value and make residential landscaping an investment, not an expense they make homeowners happy, and that’s difficult to put a price tag on.
5 Benefits of Residential Landscaping
Increases Property Value
First impressions are huge in home sales, and landscaping can make a tremendous difference. “If you are considering selling, good landscape design can add up to 20% of value to your home.” — Bob Vila. Considering that, according to Zillow, the average home price in Indianapolis is $227,000, that means that landscaping can add as much as $45,000 to the value of your home. But what if you’re not planning on selling?
Saves Cooling Cost
According to Energy.Gov, bushes and trees can remarkably impact cooling costs. “Solar heat absorbed through windows and roofs can increase cooling costs. Incorporating shade from landscaping elements can help reduce this solar heat gain. Shading and evapotranspiration (the process by which a plant actively moves and releases water vapor) from trees can reduce surrounding air temperatures as much as 6° F. Because cool air settles near the ground, air temperatures directly under trees can be as much as 25°F cooler than air temperatures above nearby blacktop.” — Landscaping for shade. However, good landscaping does more than add value and save money.
I’m a flower gardener. I have more than 40 flower beds, so I know the health and well-being benefits of gardening. However, I see the joy and stress relief my wife gets from enjoying the landscape. “Being around plants helps people concentrate better in the home and workplace. Studies show that tasks performed under the calming influence of nature are performed better and with greater accuracy, yielding a higher quality result. Moreover, being outside in a natural environment can improve memory performance and attention span by twenty percent.” — Texas A & M — Health and well-being benefits of plants.
Purifies Air and Water
Today it might be more important than ever to consider how we affect the climate. “Landscapes designed for rainwater retention prevent pollution run-off, erosion damage, and give healthy soils a chance to break down and filter pollutants. Planted trees not only absorb air pollutants but they also remove CO2 from our atmosphere. While reducing fossil fuel consumption by maintenance equipment leads to cleaner air. Reducing fossil fuel consumption by maintenance equipment leads to cleaner air.” — SCCGov.Org
Adds Living Space
Added living space adds value, reduces stress, and makes life more enjoyable. Unused outdoor space is a waste of space, and landscaping can take that space and make it useful. Twenty-one years ago, I planted four Red Bud trees around a small soft patio with the idea of creating a canopy. This area is now my summer office. As I write this, I’m sitting under the trees. I’m at my table listening to the birds, looking at my flowers, and relaxing as I write. It’s the best office I’ve ever had.
Landscaping is an investment, not an expense. It can pay for itself through added value and energy savings, reduce stress, fight pollution, and give you more living space. If you’d like a free estimate, we’d be happy to help you create a space of your own.
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About the Author
Randy Clark is a speaker, coach, and author. He publishes a weekly blog at Randy Clark Leadership.com. Randy is passionate about social media, leadership development, and flower gardening. He’s a beer geek, and on weekends (after COVID-19), he can be found fronting the Rock & Roll band Under the Radar. He’s the proud father of two educators; he has four amazing grandchildren and a wife who dedicates her time to helping others. Randy is the author of the Amazon bestseller The New Manager’s Workbook, a crash course in effective management.