Why is landscaping important for your home? Should you invest in a good landscape? You probably should, and here we find out why.
The most beautiful homes also have beautiful landscaping that adds color, and interest to a property. In addition, the ideal landscape provides your family with recreation, privacy, and pleasure too. Landscaping should also add to your home’s value and its curb appeal in all seasons. In fact, a quality landscape increases the value of your home by as much as 20 percent. Some estimate that good landscaping can be worth 100 to 200 percent of your original investment.
Landscaping is much more than pretty plants. A good landscape design has also been found to help save up to 25 percent in heating and cooling costs. Proper plantings can save you money on your energy bill as trees provide wind breaks that reduce energy demand in the winter and give shade to the property during hot summer months.
Landscape is more than just scenery, definitely. It is the interaction between people and place. In fact, the European Landscape Convention defines landscape as “an area, as perceived by people, whose character is the result of the action and interaction of natural and/or human factors.”
Think of designing a landscape for your new home as an adventure in creativity. Perhaps your property needs only a few small and easy projects to make it more attractive. Either way, it’s important to consider how each change will relate to the whole project. Take a step back and look at the big picture from time to time to see the entire landscape and how each part fits into it.
As you have your home built and your landscape thought of, remember again and again that good landscaping requires more than just planting some flowers and bushes. Truly, a great landscape is more than a few planted flowerbeds, but rather flowerbeds that are part of a larger design.
Also, do remember that a cohesive landscape plan incorporates existing natural features too. The property shape and size should definitely be taken into consideration as well. So what are you waiting for? Let your landscape be your canvas, and you the painter.