The National Association of Landscape Professionals conducts surveys and tracks trends within the housing and landscape industry to stay current on what homeowners are using their yards for and what they are looking for in their outdoor space.
Recent surveys have shown that 75% of all American adults think it is important to spend time outside on their property. Over 80% reported they felt having a yard was important and over 90% reported that having a well-maintained yard was important.
Nearly 100% of realtors recommend updating , adding, and cleaning up the landscape on the list of things homeowners should do when trying to sell their house. Improving the landscape and curbside appeal of a property has been found to be profoundly effective when trying to sell a home. Homeowners can often expect a 100% return on their investment when improving and cleaning up their property.
Utilizing the lawn as an extension of the home’s living space has become increasing popular among homeowners. This ranges from having a shaded usable deck to having a full outdoor kitchen and living room. A landscape designer can look at your property and give you an idea of the possibilities given the size and limitations of your pcurrent property.
Lawn maintenance is an important part of this as well. Once you have an outdoor living space built, you want to keep it well-maintained so your lawn stays nice and inviting for you and your guests.
There are many options that enable you to make maintenance easier. For example, you can look into recycled lumber, which lasts longer and requires significantly less maintenance than traditional lumber. You can also choose plants that are native to your area, so they can flourish without extensive need for care.
Obviously, the easiest option is to have a lawn care company regularly maintain the lawn for you. However, that may or may not be the best option for you. The important thing to know is that having a beautiful yard with a fun outdoor living space is attainable for anyone with a yard. Even small yards can be turned into an outdoor living space.
You can have a grill or built in outdoor oven to cook. You can have a patio table with chairs or an entire outdoor living room set. People who spend a great deal of time outside report being calmer and happier. They have less stress and enjoy their homes more.
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