Some people might not be able to realize the value of landscaping. That is why, they just leave their yards as is and merely clean it. Adding some decorations or going beyond cleaning is a double effort for them and could even be unnecessary on their part. But there are also people who pay much attention to their yards and really allocate time in designing and decorating them. Investing for landscaping accessories is a luxury for some but for others, it is part of their hobby and in giving back to nature the care it deserves. But aside from those mentioned, what other good reasons is there that would urge us to do landscaping? Is it really necessary or just something merely inclined to aesthetics? Does landscaping really matters? Let us look into ten things that would make us realize the value of landscaping. 1. Preserve nature.
No one would like to live in a place that doesn’t have trees or plants anywhere. Even big urban areas still preserve trees and plants. They do that by landscaping. This way, they are able to preserve nature even if modern architecture were already added to the structures. There would be hardscapes- concrete flooring, stone pathways and wood decks but you will always see plants around. That is why good landscaping is needed to create the balance. 2. Conserve natural resources.
Aside from preserving nature, it can help conserve natural resources not just the soil but even air and water. This happens when you have proper landscaping because the plants and trees are well-taken care of. Healthy plants will greatly affect the entire environment and can even help conserve natural resources especially that these are part of the ecological balance in the Earth’s system. 3. Secure inhabitants.
How can landscaping do this? For instance you are living on a steep area. It would be wise to use retaining walls to avoid the soil from eroding and from rocks from falling down. This way, your entire home will be secured. You have to do this especially if there are kids around. You don’t want accidents to happen because of your environment. Remember that as an inhabitant, you have to make sure that you are living in a safe and secure place. 4. Create a setting for living.
Image: Hursthouse Landscape Architects and Contractors Of course, you want to live in a place that looks and feels “livable”. It has to be cozy, comfy and has a good ambiance. Designing your landscape will help you achieve that. Try to picture a yard that has tall grasses and weeds around it. Then compare that scenario to a landscaped yard. Which one would cater a better living environment? 5. Makes a more comfortable environment.
We have mentioned in the previous entry that a landscaped area could create a cozy and comfy ambiance. It would make you feel more at home and will also make you wanna go home! If you have a courtyard that has that “vacation” feel, you would really have that urge to go home so you can relax and feel comfortable in your very home. 6. Sets lot limitation.
Every property has certain limitations. If you decide not to use the entire lot, then it is important that you define you own property. This will make it easy for others to determine which is part of your home and which is not. This will avoid trouble when we talk about territories. Aside from that, it can also create areas in your own home like a patio, a courtyard and also the pathways that leads to them. 7. Achieves outdoor function.
Image: Fifth Season Landscape Design & Construction If you think your outdoor area is useless, you are wrong. Try to design that space. Allocate sitting areas. You can have an outdoor dining area or living area. You can even add an outdoor kitchen. Or, simply have a small bench where you can spend time while enjoying the beauty of nature. 8. Preserve the natural feel.
One main reason of landscaping is to preserve a natural feel. Once you step into a landscaped area, you should feel that you are one with nature. We all know how great it feels to have nature around us! That is why try to adopt nature’s look even for the interior of our homes due to the desire to bond with nature. 9. Creates coherence with nature and man-made elements.
Image: Exterior Worlds Landscaping & Design We are residents of Earth and we have to take good care of it. Since we are like “renting” the place, we have to make sure that the structures we create above it will not ruin it. Instead, let us adjust and adapt to it. This is true when we talk about landscaping. Aside from that, landscaping involves the design of both nature and man-made elements. Hence, landscaping unites both making your home a better place to live in. 10. Visual appeal and aesthetics.
Image: Art in Green You will surely nod on this because this is the obvious reason why we landscape our yards. Seeing a garden or yard with proper and beautiful landscaping is not just refreshing for the eyes and would certainly give us a great feeling of being one with nature in our own home. One reason why some homeowners are hesitant to work on their home’s landscaping is due to the expenses it entails. But you don’t really have to spend a lot! You can always landscape your home even if you are on a budget. Just plan it well and make sure that you will design the kind of landscape that fits your needs, your budget and your space.