How would you like to have beautiful landscaping? When you work with an experienced landscape design company, you have so many more options than taking care of it all by yourself.
You may be imagining how one or more of these additions or services could enhance your outdoor living spaces:
- Lawn care
- Landscape maintenance
- Landscape projects
- Fire pits
- Retaining walls
- Outdoor kitchens
- Outdoor fireplaces
- Site preparation
You may want to begin with lawn care and other types of organic landscaping. This is particularly a good idea if you’re planning to put your house on the market in the near future. Well-landscaped grounds have been known to accelerate the time it takes to sell a house by six weeks.
When the home you’re planning to sell has “excellent” landscaping, a Clemson University study showed that it can potentially increase the sale price by 6%-to-7%. If your home has “good” landscaping, you may want to consider adding a few more touches to increase the market value.
Money Magazine also addressed landscaping in an article. They found that when it’s time to sell a home, the costs of landscaping can bring a potential return on investment of 100%-to-200%.
Many residents of retirement communities also concur that having nice landscaping is important. A recent survey showed that it was important to 48.5% of the residents and essential for 99% of the residents of these retirement communities.
In addition to lawn care and adding in plant beds, paving is a recommended landscape design tip. You could add in a brick walkway or a patio with a custom designed pattern.
Another benefit of paving is that when you choose quality paving, much of it is now permeable. While the design, paving material, soil type, and level of rainfall all make a difference, 70%-to-80% of the rainfall will pass through the paving into the ground.
You may also want to consider adding trees to your landscape design plan. In addition to looking beautiful, dense trees can provide shade and protection from the sun.
Another benefit of adding trees is that they can serve as a sound barrier in noisy areas. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency states that dense trees can reduce or mask unwanted noise by 50%. Furthermore, the sound of branches rustling in the wind is pleasant for many people.
Trees have also been know to be an energy-efficient type of landscaping. The U.S. Department of Energy states that they can potentially reduce home heating bills by 30%. During the warmer months, the shade provided by these trees can potentially reduce air-conditioning bills by 15%-to-50%.
Whether you want to have a landscape design firm create a beautiful outdoor living space for you and your family and friends to enjoy for decades, or assist you with preparing your home for sale, they will be able to provide recommendations for your unique space.