The word “landscaping” more loaded than many might think. Landscaping can cover a number of tasks, including not only creative hobbies like cultivating gardens, but practical jobs like installing gutters and lawn care. Unfortunately, despite its great importance, landscaping is one type of maintenance that often falls to the wayside. This can have a major negative impact on your home for several reasons. For one thing, you lose a lot of curb appeal when you neglect landscaping, which in turn can lead to a loss of value in your home. For another, people with unkempt laws tend to have a lack of motivation n term of keeping up the rest of their homes. It negatively affects your attitude towards your house in general, and therefore life. In taking on landscaping, you’ll feel a lot better about your home, and cut down on a lot of stress. Furthermore, if you keep up with your landscaping regularly, you won’t find yourself with a big job to complete. This makes regular maintenance a lot simpler, and just simplifies life in general. With that being said, let’s look into a few of the many projects you may want to take on when landscaping.
1. Installing Gutters
Let’s look into that previously mentioned practicality before we move on to the fun stuff. Gutters are often overlooked in terms of landscaping, in part because they just aren’t that attractive or exciting. However, gutters play an important role in the upkeep of your home, and can change how your house works overall. Installing gutters isn’t easy, and if possible should be done by professionals. With that said, it isn’t the most time-consuming undertaking either, which is why it should be done early in the landscaping process. Another reason why you want to make installing gutters a priority is that they prevent a number of issues, and in general ensure that your home runs as it should. This sort of task can easily be put off — don’t let that happen. If you already have gutters, double check and make sure that they’re working properly. If not, you should looking into replacing them as soon as possible. Gutters are a part of your irrigation system; if they don’t work, the rest of the irrigation won’t either.
2. Lawn Care
You would be amazed by how of a difference an attractive lawn can make in the value and look of your home. Many homeowners take pride in their lawns, and potential buyers take that into account as well. Typically, a truly enviable lawn costs around $7,019. This may seem a bit shocking at first, but remember that good landscaping can add up to 28% to the overall value of your home. That’s not the only thing you should take into account when maintaining your lawn, however. Lawn care is not a one-time project, but a long-term maintenance undertaking. You’ll want to hire a lawn service that is ready to regularly groom your lawn, and that doesn’t just mean mowing and watering it. You also need your lawn fertilized, and that in itself is no small task. According to the EPA, Americans buy about 70 million pounds of chemical fertilizer each year to keep their lawns looking good.
You may not think of trees as something that can add a lot of money to a home’s value — but they truly can. Some trees are completely valued for aesthetic purposes. Others, charmingly, are fruit trees, which in themselves can change a homeowner’s experience entirely. There is certainly an environmental benefit to planting trees, and according to a Texas AandM University study, an emotional benefit as well. Simply looking at trees can reduce your stress levels in less than 5 minutes. Windbreaks and shade trees can also reduce your winter heating bills by 15%, and air conditioning needs by 75%.
Don’t neglect landscaping — it could pay off a lot more than you’d ever imagine in the long term!
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