The benefits of landscaping extend well beyond aesthetic and olfactory values. Of course, this is not an attempt to downplay the breath-taking beauty and intoxicating smell of well-tended, landscaped gardens. In some climates, landscape gardens smell and look heavenly throughout the year. It’s just that there literally really are dozens of incredible practical benefits for homeowners and the environment. Let’s take a look at some of them.
• Perpetual Air Conditioning: Due to condensation and wind movement, grass floors are cooler, ranging between 6°C and 17°C, than bare earth, cement or asphalt. Not only does this prevent your feet from getting scalded during hot summer months, it also allows for cooler general temperature. The presence shades accorded by large trees also cool down homes by as much as 4°C.
• Noise Suppressors: Trees and shrubberies suppress noise by as much as 30%. Naturally, this is directly proportionate on the size of the trees, layout of the house and garden, and origin of noise. Nevertheless, the effects are present and are even more pronounced under canopied branches. This is why parks are quiet.
• Air Purifiers: This is obvious. Photosynthesis introduces oxygen into the air and improves air quality. In fact, a 2,500 sq. ft. lawn can supply enough oxygen for a small family. Grass, shrubberies and trees also capture dust particles and other irritants from the air, which could tremendously help people suffering from asthma.
• Mental Boost: Studies have shown that passively watching trees and shrubberies can decrease stress and reduce blood pressure levels. The high oxygen content also improves concentration and memory retention.
• Property Value: Studies have shown that buyers are willing to pay more for properly-managed landscaped properties. On a broader scale, leafy neighbourhoods increase individual house prices by over 10%. The reason probably lies somewhere between perception of value and higher oxygen levels in the air. Either way, landscaping pays!