Did you know that the U.S. landscaping services market is worth $128.8 billion this year? IBISWorld says the space has grown an average of 5.3% yearly between 2017 and 2022.
While most homeowners view landscaping as a way to beautify their properties, there are other reasons to go this route. You may or may not be surprised to learn, for instance, that landscaping offers essential health benefits like cleaner air to breathe.
Keep reading to learn about three health benefits that landscaping can offer homeowners.
- Breathe in Cleaner Air
One of the benefits of planting trees, shrubs, and flowers is cleaner air to breathe. According to one source, a single tree can eradicate 26 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere each year. That adds up to 11,000 miles of vehicle emissions. So, it’s easy to see how something as easy as buying trees and having them planted on your property can facilitate better health.
More and more people are becoming concerned about the environment and the impact their actions might have on the environment. One way to lower your carbon footprint and do your part as a responsible steward of the environment is to simply plant things on your property.
If you don’t have room for more trees, you can still make an impact with shrubs, flowers, and other plants. It’s a way to beautify your property, boost property value, and clean the air you breathe.
- Peace of Mind
Did you know that almost eight of every 10 people — 77% to be exact — say they experience stress that adversely impacts their physical health? The same source, specifically the American Institute of Stress, indicates that 33% of people say they feel extreme stress. And another 48% of people say they have difficulty sleeping due to stress.
If there’s one place you should feel the most comfortable, it’s your residence. And one way you can create an environment where you can de-stress is by creating a great outdoor space. You could, for instance, add a patio cover over your back deck, an outdoor kitchen, a small pond, a stone walkway in the backyard, or a garden featuring your favorite flowers. Another option you may not have considered before is adding a retaining wall.
“Retaining walls can allow you to vertically reshape a boring flat yard into something much more interesting,” says Angel Khan, owner of Rainier Rockeries. “But because of potential drainage issues and the heavy lifting involved in moving all the brick materials, that part of it is better left to the professionals.”
- More Privacy
Privacy is essential for everyone. Of course, depending on your personality, you may require more or less of it than the average person. But landscaping can be an option if you’re living in a city or a suburb and want extra privacy when you and your family are enjoying quality time together. You can, for instance, plant mature trees or tall shrubs for instant privacy.
Landscaping can be the answer if you want to spend time outside but don’t like a lack of privacy. Not everyone can pack up and move to the country — and not everyone wants to. But if you like living in a larger population center, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some privacy alone or with family and friends. Getting the right landscaping elements will provide precisely what you need.
The privacy you get will help to build healthy family relationships in a way that might be harder if you and yours feel surrounded with little to no privacy.
These are just a few health benefits if your property is landscaped. Of course, many other benefits come from hiring a landscaping company. So, if you want to maximize the exterior of your property rather than just the interior, consider landscaping. You’ll also find landscaping a good investment for your health — physical, mental, and otherwise.