Landscaping Tips to Make your Life Easier
Do you have a yard? If yes, are there trees in it? If not, how close are the nearest trees?
This may seem silly, but the truth is that being near trees is good for you. It’s good for your health, it’s good for your brain, and it’s good for your wallet. Here are some landscaping tips that can help all of those things.
- Plant Trees There’s an old expression: “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is today.” Trees are obviously great because of the way they process carbon dioxide and turn it into oxygen, but did you know that trees can also reduce your heating and cooling bills? Adding trees to a house with minimal shade can reduce air conditioning costs by as much as 50%. While planting fully grown trees is a serious undertaking and probably calls for professional landscapers, planting a smaller tree only requires a shovel.
- Read up on Landscaping Design Knowing how you want to organize your lawn is every bit as important as what you actually put in the ground. Maximizing your landscaping by using stone pavers, porous asphalt, or climate-specific flowers can enhance your home value and show off your property. For commercial buildings, high-end landscaping speeds up the sales of buildings by several weeks. Furthermore, Money Magazine says that the return on investment for landscaping work can be as high as 200%.
- Know your Surroundings Landscaping tips aren’t just about what types of flowers to plant and when to plant them. Landscaping tips are also about your town. For instance, if you live in a city or crowded suburb, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency suggests that trees reduce ambient noise by as much as 50%. Granted that’s another part of the reason you should plant trees, but if you’re already living in the woods, you should look into something else, like rain-barrels or flowering plants which thrive in the shade.
- Talk to your Local Landscaping CompanyYou can do this with a greenhouse, a nursery, or an exterior design company as well — not necessarily just a landscaper. These people know your local soil, they know what kind of wildlife will eat your plants, and they know what’s not worth trying to grow at your house. For example, if you’re in northern Minnesota and you want to grow banana trees, your local landscapers will offer alternatives (which might include “move to Costa Rica”). In short, these people will be able to offer site-specific landscaping tips.
It may seem simple, but learning about your particular landscape will go a long way in knowing what you can do at your home. If you’re an apartment-dweller, consider window-boxes for flowers or spices. If you have dozens of acres, start digging some holes. How you utilize your land can play a major part in bringing down your energy bills and increasing your peace of mind.