Landscaping Tricks for Value and Beauty
December 18, 2015
When you think about the ways you can improve your home or business it is important not to forget the value of a beautiful landscaping job. What is the first thing you see when arriving at a destination, be it a home, office, or any other space? Great landscape design serves to welcome and inspire all visitors, and not just that. Experienced landscapers know how to create a visually beautiful property but they also know how to design for maximum energy efficiency. There are many tricks that professionals use when designing landscapes.
For Beauty and Function
The appearance of a property is your first chance to make a good impression. There are many tips, tricks, and tools at the disposal of the professional. If you?d like a quiet space despite an adjacent busy road, a few well placed trees are capable of masking bothersome noise by up to 50% according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Flowers provide bursts of radiant color, waterfalls and ponds create a soothing atmosphere, fire pits and outdoor kitchens create a social and functional space outside of the home, and a patio provides a place to relax. Driveways, walls, paths and other elements are functional and also beautiful when designed by a landscaping professional.
For Energy Efficiency
Surprisingly, landscaping has a lot to do with the energy efficiency of your home or business. The positioning and species of trees and shrubs can greatly affect the amount of energy required to keep your home heated and cooled. A lush, deciduous tree will cast ample shade on your home in the summer. After losing its leaves in autumn, the same tree will allow the sunlight through to keep your home warm in the winter. According to the US. Dept. Of Energy if your landscaping is properly designed it is possible to save up the 30% on heating and a few properly placed shade trees around the home can save you 15-30% on air conditioning costs in the summer.
Professional landscaping is sure to boost the value of your property. The design and maintenance of a property effectively adds character and outdoor living space to any home. The effort you?ve made to improve the function of your lawn and garden will not go unnoticed by potential buyers or renters. For example, beautifully landscaped grounds are essential according to nearly 99% of potential residents of retirement communities. Additionally, a Clemson University study revealed that homes with ?excellent? landscaping could potentially raise the final sale price by 6 to 7% when compared to homes with ?good? landscaping. When it comes time to sell, a great landscaping job will surely add value.