For once, the weather and your landscaping plans worked out. During previous summers, the days when your husband has taken off work to help you with the fall landscaping updates have either been miserable hot or very rainy. This last week, however, the weather was beautiful, your husband was off, and you achieved all of the goals that you wanted. You have sometimes paid for professional landscape design ideas, but this last week you simply wanted to trim the current shrubs and replant a few flowering plants. Finishing the projects that you wanted by noon on Friday meant that the two of you also got an early start to the weekend.
Next summer you hope to upgrade to a more elaborate retaining wall design, but for now you are more than satisfied with how things are looking as the kids get ready to head back to school.
The Latest Landscaping Ideas Can Turn Any Backyard Space Into a Beautiful Addition That Adds Value to a Property
The decision to transform your yard with landscaping is one that most realtors agree with. In fact, as many as 90% of real estate agents encourage home owners to invest in landscaping prior to selling. You do not, however, have to wait until you sell to make these improvements to your property. Did you know, for instance, that nearly 83% of Americans think having a yard is important, and that 90% of those with a yard think it is important that this space is also well-maintained.
Consider some of these other statistics about the importance of landscaping and the role that it plays in not only the value of an individual property, but also the impact that it has on the nation’s economy:
- Sometimes by as much as six weeks, landscaping decreases the amount of time a home is on the market.
- Investing as little as 5% of a home’s value on landscaping may bring a return on investment (ROI) of as much as 150%.
- 51% of home owners who are upgrading their outdoor spaces spend six or more hours there every week. When they are in these spaces they are typically relaxing, gardening, and entertaining.
- Planting a single tree can remove 26 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere a year. This is equal to 11,000 miles of car emissions. In addition, landscape plants, including turf and shrubs, remove smoke, dust, and other pollutants from the air.
- Shade from trees can reduce air conditioning costs by as 25% or more during the summer months.
- Shade from trees can also shield against wind and can reduce winter heating costs by 10%.
Even though you sometimes have to battle the weather, it is important that you find the time to add to the beauty of your home by keeping up with the latest landscaping trends.