Updated: Nov 12, 2020
We all love those highly manicured lawns, shaped shrubs, and blooming flowers in freshly mulched gardens. Small amounts of jealously even follow on occasion, wishing our landscape could be that charming. Does landscaping have a purpose you may ask yourself, and the answer is yes. Landscapes are the first thing someone notices about a property and improving yours will make spending time outside more pleasurable with the added beauty. Value of a property will also increase tremendously with landscape improvements, perfect if you intend to sell. Most importantly, landscapes protect the environment when using sustainable procedures and best practices to ensure a healthy earth for future generations to enjoy.
Life wouldn't be enjoyable without beauty. Humans like to look at beautiful things and have a sense of status. Landscapes promote beauty and status, and yours can provide another home outdoors with its own "rooms." Turf areas may be one room providing a place for activities and kids to play. Sitting areas with surrounding gardens can be another room for relaxation. How many "rooms" your landscape can accommodate depends on the size and how much work you are willing to put in. Remember that highly manicured landscapes with an abundance of plants almost always requires regular maintenance, especially if you have turf grass. Showy flower gardens and green grass many times outweighs the maintenance needs though. It's simple, people enjoy a healthy, beautiful landscape. Your landscape will also make you healthier mentally and physically as it improves.
When trying to add resale value to your property, think landscape improvements. According to Turf Magazine, "large landscape expenditures significantly increase perceived home value and will result in a higher selling price than homes with a minimal landscape." Properties with curb appeal and attractive landscapes can add as much as 15 percent to the value. Finished landscapes can provide peace of mind to new property owners since it will be ready to use and enjoy. You would be surprise how much improvement even a few flats of flowers and fresh mulch can add. Ask yourself how much time and money you are willing to invest to receive a healthy return.
Protecting the environment should be the first concern when improving your landscape. Remember that short-term gains always have long-term consequences. Texas A&M University Horticulture says "Earth-Kind® focuses on using environmentally friendly management practices to produce landscapes that are beautiful, low-maintenance, and sustainable." Environmental friendly landscapes will use native plants, low amounts of irrigation, fertilization as necessary, and an appropriate amount of turf grass. Keep in mind that landscapes use 50% of the water supply during the summer months in many cities. Reducing the amount of runoff water with excess fertilizers should be a top priority to protect our water supply. A huge lawn with picturesque green grass is the American Dream, but also pollutes heavily with mower emissions, high amounts of fertilizers, and excess water. When installing new grass be sure to choose a drought-tolerant, disease-resistant variety. Zoysia grass is a good option in many parts of Texas. Landscapes that are environmental-friendly can be the most stunning, so do not worry.
The time and effort put into your landscape will be worth it once you experience the finished project. Your new landscape can now have those gardens and lawn areas you desire, raise your property value, and help the environment. Start with a plan and work in phases. "Rome wasn't built in a day" as the saying goes. Your landscape won't be either.