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It's easy to appreciate the sights and smells afforded by lawns and landscapes, but when it comes to your yard there is much more to consider besides pleasing aesthetics and aromas. Many would even be surprised to learn that the benefits of a lush lawn and stunning landscape design extend well beyond a yard's perimeter.
Here are a few ways well-managed landscapes offer tremendous benefits for the community and environment:
Scrub the Air
Beautiful greenery, including grass, catch dust, smoke particles, and other pollutants to make the air you breathe fresher and cleaner.
Well-maintained yards and lawns help prevent soil erosion and unwanted runoff into nearby lakes, streams, and rivers.
A 50-by-50-foot lawn produces enough oxygen to supply a family of four.
Boost Home Values
The yard is the first thing a potential buyer sees, and it sets the first impression. If you plan to sell your home in the next few years, investing in your landscaping now can pay dividends later. A recent study by the National Association of Realtors and National Association of Landscape Professionals found that investing in landscape maintenance recovers 100 percent of the cost at the time of sale.
Make You Feel Good
Having a nice yard with lush turf and well-tended landscapes delivers some mood-enhancing properties as well. Looking at plants and trees, even through a window, has been found to lower stress and blood pressure, while walking among plants and trees improves attention and memory.
Ideas to Enhance Your Yard's Natural Benefits
Now that you know the benefits of your lawn and landscapes, you may be inspired to try some of these simple improvements to make your yard look and feel even better. Some of these can even save you time and effort, so you can have more hours to spend outdoors.
Raising the deck height of your lawn mower is one simple thing you can do right now to improve your green space. When mowing, the blade should remove no more than a 1/3 inch from the blade of grass.
Mow at the Right Time
Professionals recommend to not mow right after it rains. Mowing wet grass will cause clumping and ruts. This also leaves the lawn more susceptible to certain diseases.
Let the Clippings Drop
"Grass-cycling" your clippings allows nitrogen and other nutrients to return to the soil. Even better, it eliminates the step of hauling around heavy bags of yard waste.
Invest in Smarter Watering Tools
An irrigation system saves time on watering chores, but one that uses smart technology and weather-based data will apply water only when your lawn and garden need it.
Consider Natural Landscaping
The next time you choose flowers, shrubs, or trees, opt for species native to your region. These plants have adapted to the climate, so they're more resilient to your region's weather patterns and require less watering than exotic species.
Work with a Pro
If you're seeking fresh ideas to amp up your landscaping, or you want to maximize its full environmental and enjoyment benefits, consider turning to the expertise of a lawn care or landscape professional. With help from a professional, you can have the outdoor oasis of your dreams.
To find a professional in your area, visit LoveYourLandscape.org.