The plants you grow on your property affect more than just the appearance of your house. Once you understand this, you can determine which direction to take with your landscaping. This also allows you to maximize your efforts and investment while minimizing any adverse effects on the environment or family.

Property Value

Landscaping can improve the value of your property by making it more attractive. Beautiful gardens and well-manicured lawns are often a strong selling point. Proper landscaping can also raise your home’s status to equal the other homes in your neighborhood. Aside from the monetary value, landscaping can be a source of personal pride.

Functionality

Landscaping allows you to make proper use of outdoor spaces. The types of structures you erect, and plants you grow can determine how you can use these spaces. A patio can be an ideal place to host guests or have outdoor meals. A raised bed is perfect for growing flowers or vegetables.

Well-planned landscaping can also reduce home interior energy costs. Trees can act as a windbreak in winter and provide shade in summer. This significantly reduces heating and air conditioning costs.

Cost

Depending on your approach, landscaping may require a substantial upfront investment. You can do some of the labor, but certain fixtures such as patios and water features require the precision of skilled hands.

Time and Effort

You will need to spend a lot of time and effort in the initial phases. A continual effort also is necessary for maintaining your landscaping features. Caring for plants requires weeding, pest control, irrigation, and all the nuances of proper plant care. Structures and other fixtures such as patios and benches also need regular maintenance.

Impact on the Environment

The environmental impact can be either positive or negative. Native plants require less water and are not as susceptible to pests as are exotic varieties. Such plants protect the environment, as they are suited to the local environment.