Recent studies report that about 90% of homeowners do recognize the value of a well maintained lawn and landscape, both aesthetically and as a great investment but they also saw the value environmentally as well as for improved physical and mental health.
Environmentally, trees, shrubs and turf are the best dust mops on earth absorbing an estimated 12 million tons of dust and dirt released into the air each year and they absorb gaseous pollutants converting them back into oxygen – one tree can remove 26 lbs of carbon dioxide and release 13 lbs of oxygen each year enough for a family of four.
A 625 square foot area of lawn can provide enough oxygen for one person for an entire day – on a block of 8 average homes, the front lawns alone can have the cooling effect of 70 tons of air conditioning – proper landscaping can also reduce those air conditioning costs by as much as 50%!
Of course, gardening itself can be a great waist shrinker and weight reducer, helping you to burn a few calories and give you a nice workout. In a medical survey, 47% of all doctors actually use some type of gardening, not for the weight reducer, but as a way to help maintain their own sanity. Hey, gardening can be relaxing, mind clearing, and in the end, very rewarding.
And, your lawn and landscape is a great investment – a well maintained landscape can improve the value of your property by as mush as 15%, and have a cost recovery value of 100-200% at selling time. A good looking lawn and landscape is one of the best ways to entice a potential buyer when you’re trying to sell your home.
So go ahead and do yourself, the environment, and the value of your home a favor – get out and make one of the smartest investments around. Good landscaping – it’ll make a world of difference. Remember, if you need help, we’re here for you. From the do –it – yourselfer, to those wanting professional design and installation, we’ve got you covered. Visit us at the Cincinnati Home and Garden Show this week (booth 1421) or visit our website to learn more www.natorp.com.