5 Reasons You Should Invest In Your Yard
As opposed to viewing your yard as a patch of grass that the dog can use, why not view it as an extension of the interior portions of your home? Besides the fact that investing in your yard can enhance your leisure time, it can raise the value of your property as well. In this post we take a look at 5 reasons why you need to invest in your yard this spring.
1) Enhanced Entertainment
Do you enjoy outdoor entertainment? With the right set of furniture, greenery and hardscape surfaces you can develop an oasis in your own yard. And, the possibilities of how you can customize it are endless. If you enjoy ordering pizza and watching sports on a large screen with loved ones, you could create an outdoor living room, complete with a strategically placed high definition tv or bar. If you have a profound love for cooking at home, you could even create an outdoor kitchen. If you usually host family functions in your home on birthdays and holidays, why not consider getting a patio to provide a comfortable outdoor section for your family?
2) Increases Property Value
Most of the benefits you stand to gain from investing in your home are immediately noticeable. Some of those benefits are long-term. By investing in your yard, it can help to increase the value of your property. In fact, statistics indicate that a well-landscaped home has a price advantage over a home that has no landscaping. Statistics demonstrate that investing in your yard can increase your home value by 5% – 12.1%. For a home that’s worth @300,000 this translates to an increase of $15,000 – $37,000.
3) Positive Impact On The Environment
When it comes to combating climate change we have to make more environmentally friendly choices. One of the ways you can play your part and help the environment is to invest in your yard. Besides the fact that a well-maintained yard helps to actually protect it, certain things like retaining walls can help to prevent erosion as well as to reduce the amount of dirt that ends up on your driveway. Property drainage can help to prevent flooding and reduce storm-water runoff. And, by planting flowers, native trees and other plants, it can help to provide a welcoming environment for local birds and other wildlife like squirrels.
4) Physical Health Benefits
One of the lesser known benefits associated with having a gorgeous yard is that it can improve your physical health. A study in Japan showed that when Japanese workers walked through a forested area after work, it led to a 4% reduction in blood pressure. Studies have also shown that by looking at trees or plants, it can lower levels of cortisol, which is a stress hormone. The problem with having levels of cortisol is that over time it eventually causes what’s known as cushing syndrome. Cushing syndrome can lead to the manifestation of multiple physical problems. Some of those include:
- Weight gain
- Thinning Skin
- Purple stretch marks
- Fatty deposits in the face, shoulders and midsection area.
5) Improves Your Quality Of Life
One of the best ways you can improve your quality of life is to take care of something and watch it grow. Besides provided physical health benefits, investing in your yard can provide mental health benefits as well. Mowing your lawn Studies have shown that walks can help to improve short-term memory both in the young and elderly. Cub Cadet has riding and push mowers so you can decide what is best for you.
One study, which analyzed the results of 10 other studies on green exercise, showed that green environments helped to improve both the mood and self esteem of the participants in the study. Other mental benefits include enhanced ability to solve problems creatively and increased focus. Many people have proclaimed that they always feel good after going for a walk through the park or forest and now you know why.
Gareth Willmot is a serial weird festival collector, coffee snob and a neurotic last-minute traveller who is passionate about marketing, ultramarathons and yoga.