Beautifying the exterior of your home can enhance the overall aesthetic of your home while providing you with multiple benefits.
1. Why You Should Landscape Your Yard
A beautiful garden is so much more than a well-maintained space.
It lowers stress levels
Walking into a beautifully maintained yard can lift your spirits in an instant. A garden becomes an oasis of tranquility that gives you some peace and quiet. Moreover, doing the work itself is therapeutic as it helps us become more centered, grounded and mindful. Gardening helps us unplug from the noise and reconnect with nature, which is the most important connection we have. But, you don’t even have to go outside to benefit from it as merely looking out your window into your beautiful yard will lower your blood pressure and make you feel better.
It boosts our mood
Even the dirt from gardening work acts as an antidepressant. There’s nothing quite like planting a seed and watching it grow into a beautiful plant.
Color and aroma therapy
As the saying goes, the secret to happiness is in stopping to smell the roses. From the calming lavender scent to refreshing thyme, your soul is in for a treat. Color therapy goes way back as evidence shows it has been used by ancient Egyptians and Greeks and you get to reap all those benefits every day merely by enjoying your colorful garden.
It strengthens our immunity
From being exposed to the sun’s rays that boost our sunshine vitamin D production to the immune building properties of ‘dirt’, gardening is very beneficial for our immune system.
It helps us be physically active
Gardening might not be the same as going to the gym or doing a Zumba class, but it will keep you limber.
Stay mentally fit
Studies suggest that gardening may even help reduce the risk of dementia which sort of makes sense due to its anti-stress effect and stress is a well-known factor in decreasing cognitive issues.
Provide shade, privacy and noise reduction
Landscaping has been known to cut down on homes energy bills by acting as a shade which can help lower your homes heating and cooling costs and your UI CT bill. Having a well-maintained shrub and tree barrier around your yard and home provides the additional benefits of both visual and noise barrier, protecting your privacy from outside views.
2. Landscaping and Gardening Tips for Beginners
Here are a few tips that can make a beginner into a gardening expert in no time.
Location, location, location
Just like in real estate, location is everything. Pay attention to how sunlight plays through your yard before choosing a spot as most edible plants need at least 6 hours of sun in order to thrive. Also, you want your garden to be in a part of your yard where you’ll see it regularly as you don’t want it to be out of sight, out of mind.
Get to know your soil and invest in it
Only by knowing what you’ve got can you find ways to improve it. For example, loam is an ideal soil, clay makes it difficult for plant roots to grow and sand must be watered more frequently. One of the top pieces of advice is to invest in soil that is nutrient-rich and well-drained as it will make your life a lot easier.
When space is tight, containers are your holy grail. You can grow many plants in pots, including vegetables, herbs, flowers, fruit trees, berries, and shrubs. Ideally, you want to start with native plants that are already adjusted to the climate so they are likely to make it without much effort.
3. Summer Landscaping Ideas
Here are a few trending landscaping ideas that will turn your outdoor space into a head-turning piece of paradise, whether you are a gardener novice or a landscaping expert.
Color your fence
The trends for this summer dictate using dark, bold colors for outdoor structures. The contrast between the dark fence and the lush green garden will add a slice of drama.
Reinvent your lawn
Lawn alternatives are trending this summer so replace a traditional lawn with plant grass mixes that don’t need to be mowed, like Habi-Turf.
Natural and non-geometric materials are making a comeback
Old-fashioned and DIY solutions like swings and garden benches have replaced modern solutions due to renewed interest in an authentic look. Minimalistic gardens with natural materials like wood and stone are in.
In simple words, a garden beautifies a home on so many levels. There’s just something magical about a beautiful yard and summer is the time to enjoy it so get to work and create your dream garden!