Here are five things to think about in terms of what your landscape brings to your home's worth, the environment and your own well-being.
Landscaping can add as much as 15 percent to the resale value of a building and speed up its sale as much as six weeks. Each dollar spent on landscaping can return up to $1.35 when the home is sold. Conversely, homes with poor landscapes can expect a sales price 8-10 percent below equivalent homes that have good landscape appeal.
Carefully selected and placed trees around your home can lower cooling costs as much as 25 percent.
Shading the air conditioning unit can increase its effectiveness by 10 percent.
Planting ground covers, shrubs and lawns reduces the heat reflected from the ground and onto walls and windows for a cooler indoors and more energy savings.
Water and maintenance used to keep plants healthy doesn't go down the drain. Did you know that:
An average tree absorbs 26 lbs. of carbon dioxide from the air each year. That quals 11,000 miles of car emissions.
The front lawns of eight houses have the cooling effect of about 70 tons of air conditioning. That's amazing when you consider that the average home has an air conditioner with just a three or four ton capacity.
Turf grass also serves as a natural filter to reduce pollution by purifying the water passing through its root zone.
The amount spent on growing a veggie garden brings back 7 to 10 times the initial investment in your own locally-grown produce.
You can burn as many calories in 45 minutes of gardening as in 30 minutes of aerobics.
Weed for just one hour and you burn 300 calories!
Studies have shown that women recover from breast cancer surgery quicker if they spend time in a garden.
Children with Attention Deficit Disorder have been found to have better focus and concentration when they are allowed to play outdoors in green spaces.
And on the purely personal level found in your own back yard, there's no better ambiance than dining al fresco, especially, if you grew the salad and used your own home-grown herbs to flavor the main course. That value is priceless!
Courtesy Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado and Neils Lunceford, a landscaping company based in Silverthorne that is a member. You may contact them at (970) 468-0340.