Why Landscaping Matters
A big part of the presentation of your home (at least from the outside!) is landscaping. You could have a beautiful, multi-million-dollar, ultra-contemporary mansion, but plop it down in the middle of a patch of weedy-looking dirt, and suddenly a little bit of its curb appeal goes out the window. But besides just being a good “frame” for your home, landscaping provides several benefits that are good for you, your home, and the environment:
- It prevents water intrusion. When done correctly, the landscaping around your home (especially the grading of the soil) help to make sure that your house doesn’t sit in a pool of water every time it rains.
- It can provide privacy. Say, for example, your beautiful, multi-million-dollar, ultra-contemporary mansion has massive windows that look out into the front yard. They let in great natural light and help the entire home feel open and airy… until it’s night time and you find yourself feeling exposed as you walk through your living room in your 20-year-old robe (hey, no judgement here – it’s soft! I get it!). Tall trees, bushes, and shrubs can provide the privacy you want without forcing you to close off your beautiful windows with shades or curtains.
- It helps prevent erosion. Retaining walls can be an important part of landscaping. If you live in a hilly area, or if your home is situated next to a creek or river, retaining walls are crucial for making sure your land (and your home!) doesn’t get swept away from wind, water, or other forces of nature.
- It’s green. Literally! Ha… ha… ha. But really, planting trees (which help clear polluted air), flowers (which encourage bees to help pollinate your yard and the yards of your neighbors), and locally-sourced greenery (which cut down on emissions that come from shipping in plants that aren’t natural to your area) is a great way to help your home be more environmentally friendly. No hybrid car required!
- It’s nice to look at. This is a pretty obvious point to make; there’s no denying that nature is beautiful. However, if that isn’t enough to convince you, several studies (some coming from the American Psychological Association and Natural Geographic) insist that being in nature can help humans to be happier, healthier, more productive members of society. I’d say that’s worth planting a tree or two!
Not sure where to start? Websites like Houzz and Pinterest can provide plenty of inspiration, how-to’s (for those of you with a green thumb), and contact information for pairing up with a local landscaper (for those of us without one). Now, get landscaping!