Landscaping can be a positive addition to your home’s space, whether you decide to DIY or hire a professional. While many homeowners think of landscaping as just pretty plants, a well-designed yard can incorporate an architectural style through the use of shapes, colors, and textures.
New homeowners often skimp on the landscaping budget, but there are plenty of reasons to set aside some money for your outdoor space:
- The aesthetics. Of course it’s apparent: a well-landscaped yard is more interesting and attractive. The yard can even set a mood from a relaxed environment or a fun place to hang out with family and friends. Stone walls, fountains, or colorful flowers to make your yard more inviting and a place where you want to spend time.
- Landscaping can increase your property value. While there’s no magic algorithm to how much landscaping can increase your property value, many experts agree the outdoor space makes a significant difference. A well-thought out yard gives your home more curb appeal, so if you decide to put your home on the market, you’ll draw more attention. Even just a few flowers and mulch can make a difference compared to a barren and boring yard.
- Energy costs. Adding in some shrubs by your house or trees in your yard can help to reflect and shield your home from North Carolina’s summer sunlight and the heat that comes with it. Plants can also help with insulation against the wind, making it useful in the chilly winter.
- Encourage nature. Some plants attract butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds, which are welcome guests in any garden. Plus, planting more trees and plants can help the environment.
- A supply of home remedies and food. Sometimes the beautiful plants you have can do double duty. Aloe, for instance, can soothe sunburns. Herbs such as rosemary and basil make great, fragrant plants as well as a tasty addition to your Italian dinner.
Whether you choose a modern, architectural style, or prefer a free-flowing garden, landscaping can improve your property value, the environment, and your overall lifestyle. Check out this article for a few landscaping tips to get you started!