Did you know that having a sustainable yard can actually improve the environment? Not only this but the economic, environmental and health benefits of landscaping are limitless.
So how can one achieve this? Through simple, achievable projects, you can have a landscaped space that not only looks great but also improves the environment around you.
Why would you want to go the additional mile in order to a project like this? Easy… think of the green grass under your feet, the flowers that treat our eyes to bold, vibrant colors … and fragrant shrubs delight us with their sweet perfumes. It’s easy to appreciate the sights and smells afforded by lawns and landscapes, but did you know their real value is much more substantial than pleasing aesthetics and aromas?
Is this a worthwhile project? Unequivocally yes, well-managed landscapes offer tremendous benefits for people and for the environment. Let’s explore some of the little understood, but vitally significant, benefits of landscapes.
Let’s dive deeper into the reasoning behind these implications: Environmental Benefits:
- Ornamental plants combat climate change by absorbing carbon from the atmosphere. A single 10-year-old tree can absorb 48 pounds of carbon per year.
- Trees also reduce the “greenhouse effect” (C02 increases) by shading buildings, reducing energy usage and decreasing fossil fuel consumption.
- Trees and shrubs reduce air pollutants, including ozone, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxides, cadmium, lead, nickel, and chromium.
- Well-planned and maintained landscapes filter dust and other pollutants out of rainwater.
Health and Wellness Benefits:
- The benefits of landscaping can impact your physical and mental health.
- Gardening is a great source of exercise, burning calories, building muscle mass, maintaining bone density, reducing blood pressure and obesity, etc.
- Gardening reduces incidences of diabetes and childhood obesity.
- Plants reduce mental fatigue, increase concentration and increase productivity. If you’re not yet convinced, check out further statistics on Greenprints: http://ncgreenprints.com/benefits-of-landscaping/