There is absolutely no doubt that there is a very high return on investment when it comes to landscaping. A recent landscaping study found that commercial offices with high-quality landscapes had 7% higher rental rates. Another study found that 63% of respondents reported being willing to pay more for an apartment or house if it was located in an area with good green spaces. There are other benefits to a great landscaping job as well — a well-maintained lawn has been shown to reduce allergens like ragweed.
So, the question is not whether you should rework your yard, but how to rework your yard. Check out this list of three important areas on which to concentrate when assessing your outdoor assets.
The actual trees and plants, and their relationship to the house and one another, matter a great deal when designing a yard. Firstly, by doing your research and making sure that you aren’t planting any invasive species in your yard, you can save yourself a huge headache later in life. Also, if you plant native trees and plants, you will not have to water them as often; they will grow healthily, and they may even save you money on your energy bills, if they are placed accordingly.
Hardscaping refers to the hard landscape materials used to enhance an environment. This can include any paved areas, patios, walkways, or retaining walls. Hardscaping, working in tandem with the landscaping, can create a truly stunning effect, both functionally and aesthetically, on your yard. It is worth it to plan according to your specific uses. If you have a lot of evening parties, maybe a large patio area around a fire pit will suffice — if you spend a lot of time reading in the afternoon, perhaps a small pond and a bench area are more up your alley.
What use is any of your landscaping and hardscaping at night without some outdoor lighting? You’ll be surprised at how much more you use your outdoor living space if you could just see. After all, if there is one thing better than summer days, it’s summer nights. Make sure to light any levels, walkways, and boundaries so you and your guests don’t wander too far.
From patios to trees to lights, you can easily make your outdoor space the best it could possibly be!