Why should you take landscaping seriously?
Landscaping Increases The Value Of Your Home By 15%
That's what home buyers said when surveyed recently for the Weyerhaeuser Corporation. There's simply no better way to increase the value of your home! Why? With most renovations, you spend more than you can ever recoup when it's time to sell. Not with landscaping! MONEY Magazine estimates that you can expect to recover 100%-200% of your landscaping costs when you sell.
Adding an indoor room like a new family room is often a losing proposition - you may get only 75% of your costs back when you sell. That's why many homeowners add outdoor "rooms" instead! Contact us for ideas on outdoor living areas that work with your lifestyle.
Builds "Curb Appeal"
When prospective buyers pull up in front of your house, your landscape is one of the first things they see! Realtors estimate that 95% of home shoppers won't even get out of their car if the house lacks "curb appeal." A well-maintained landscape can draw them out of the car and into the house, and that can mean a faster, easier sale.
Easy To Maintain
Why spend your weekend working? Your landscape professional can design a landscape that can be maintained in the amount of time your want to spend on it. If you enjoy working with plants and lawn, that's terrific. But if you don't, be sure to let your landscape contractor know. Careful plant selection combined with built-in watering systems can eliminate wear and tear on you.
You may also want to ask about economical maintenance plans or annual "check-ups". Even low-maintenance landscapes need occasional pruning or shaping - but that doesn't mean you have to do it! Many landscape contractors will gladly work with you to keep your landscape in top condition.
Good For The Environment
Plants possess an environmental value no high-tech solution will ever match! A turf area just 50'x50' absorbs carbon dioxide and hydrogen flouride, and releases enough oxygen to meet the needs of a family of four.
"Plants not only absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen into the atmosphere, but the plant leaves, roots, and soil combine to act as a highly effective air scrubber and cleaning machine" according to Dr. Bill Wolverton of the Plants for Clear Air Council. "Ammonia, benzene, xylene, toluene, and trichloroethylene are just a few of the air-polluting substances plants remove."
Keeps Temperatures Down
You know that shady areas are naturally cooler than those in the direct sun. But you may not have realized that this natural effect adds up to a big temperature difference. A recent study found that when cities lost 20% or more of their trees, temperatures rose an average of 4 degrees!
Screens Out Sights And Sounds
Whether it's a busy road out back or a houseful of kids next door, your landscape professional can make it disappear! Carefully planned landscapes dampen noise and can serve as privacy barriers.
Plants Promote Wellness
Researchers have found that the impact of plants on people can be considerable. "For example, a researcher at the University of Delaware compared patients recovering from gall bladder surgery and found that those with a view of landscapes spent less time in the hospital than those patients looking out on a brick wall" Dr. Dian Relf, of the People-Plant Council explained. Plus, psychologists have found that an attractive landscape plays a major role in reducing stress. Your new landscape can help you make your home a healthier and happier place!