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What Is Landscaping?

April 18, 2022 | Author: | Posted in Gardening & Horticulture

You may have seen or run into people’s houses that have a very nice landscape or maybe just around your neighborhood. The reason for it being so appealing to the eyes is all in how the landscaping was done. Maybe it is your first time reading the word ‘landscaping’ or you have heard it before? Well in this article we will be sharing with you all about landscaping and what is there to be offered and how to go about landscaping. We will also share the basics of landscaping and the perks that come along with it for your home.

What Is Landscaping?

Let us start right from the basics. Landscaping is basically making changes to the land to help improve its appearance of it and its value. A lot of things can be considered landscaping such as changing the plants, architecture, and the exterior design of the area. This is normally pretty easy to be confused with gardening. They are actually similar however, landscaping actually refers to cultivating and designing an area, while gardening focuses on maintaining plants and flowers. 

Benefits of landscaping

It can help to provide environmental benefits and help with various other things. Below is a list of benefits along with their explanations;

  • Increase of home value

Most homeowners often look for ways to help improve the resale price of their home however remodeling and adding square footage to their homes may not always be in their best interest or possible for them. Luckily there is a much better way to increase the value of your home without having to stress as much about the money spent. It is called landscaping. There is a 12.7% higher chance of selling your home having landscaping done as compared to others without landscaping. It is such an efficient method that almost all the agents that work in the real estate industry advise their clients to take this method to help improve their chance of selling their homes. It has been proven that having a well-designed yard can give homebuyers an extremely positive strong first impression. 

  • Beneficial for the environment

Did you know that having landscaping done can actually impact and improve the quality of air that is around us? This fact is actually beneficial to us in many ways but not many people realize how it helps us. Planting a single tree can already help to remove 21 kilograms of carbon dioxide a year. Did you know that? Just one tree can create such an impact. Think of all the things that are possible to help boost the environment of mother nature. In addition, lawns can help to keep 12 million tons of dirt and dust from actually being released into the air every year. Planting flowers, shrubs, and trees have many benefits that come along with their looks such as increasing the amount of oxygen we have in the air we breathe as well as helping to prevent soil erosion from happening constantly.

  • Decreases costs of energy

Having a well-designed and planned-out landscape can actually help you to save enough money to pay for its maintenance for around eight years. Thinking and planning out where to place your trees and shrubs can actually help you to save up to 35 percent on air conditioning bills as well as cut your heating bills by 10 to 20 percent.

How to start with landscaping?

Before you start diving into your landscaping project, we highly recommend you have a good plan. Once you have decided on what you want your landscaping to look like and you have the design elements you want to incorporate into your yard. You start to see the scope of your landscaping project, the budget needed for the project, and the timeline on how long it will take for it to be completed. This can help you to also make the decision of whether you want to do it yourself or hire a landscaping company to do it for you.

  • Do It Yourself landscaping

There are many landscaping advantages when it comes to doing it all yourself. The biggest factor is the money spent. You will not need to set money aside for consultation with professionals and you do not have to pay for labor costs. This will mean that you can also work on your entire landscaping project according to your own schedule and you would not need to worry about waiting for anyone or following anyone else’s schedule and you can get the work done yourself.

Sadly with the do-it-yourself option, there are disadvantages as well. The entire project is on your back and you will be in charge and responsible for everything such as choosing, deciding, and plotting the design of your landscape. You will also need to gather the required materials from scratch. In addition, you would have to pay the standard rate for the materials as you would not be able to get the discounts that a landscaping company can get on buying supplies in bulk. Not to mention, it is extremely easy to underestimate the required time and effort that is needed even if your landscape project is extremely small. However, if you are feeling adventurous, we encourage you to give it a try as it will be a good experience for you to have.

  • Hiring a company

If you are not as green or earth-friendly and you do not have the time to put into doing a landscaping project by yourself. We suggest you hire a landscaping company to do it for you. They provide landscaping services and gardening services in general. The best part is all you have to do is decide what you want and pay them the price. They will handle all the hard work and manage everything else. For the beginning they will have to plan everything out with you first, this is to ensure that everything can go according to plan just the way you want it to. Sharing your ideas with the landscaping contractors will help them much more instead of them asking you what you would like. It will be easier if you have examples or if you have a sketch of what you want.

Having a landscaping project done is not a small thing as it involves money and makes changes to your living environment. We highly recommend that you plan everything through before making an informed decision. We hope this article has cleared any doubts that you may have had about landscaping. 

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