Most of us want to re-develop our outdoor spaces because we want to create a beautiful, functional setting that relaxes and inspires us. But did you know that the benefits of landscaping extend beyond simply improving the look of your garden and showing off your efforts to your guests?
Here, we’ve listed some of the lesser-known advantages of landscaping.
Landscaping – and any kind of gardening activity – will keep you fit and healthy
We’re all trying to find ways to stay active, and committing to a landscaping project is a sure-fire way to ensure you’re getting plenty of exercise. Whether you’re digging, raking, planting or moving equipment, you’re going to be burning calories. In fact, you could shift between 300 and 500 calories per hour, depending on the job you’re doing. You may not be running a marathon, but anything you can do to increase your heart rate and achieve a slight ‘glow’ is going to benefit your long-term health.
And it’s no longer a myth that getting stuck into the garden has a significant impact on your state of mind. A research project from the Netherlands in 2011 proved that gardening does improve mood and lower your cortisol levels. Cortisol is a stress hormone, and if you’re exposed to a lot of it over time, you’ll find that your health starts to deteriorate and you experience reduced immune system function. So really, you want to be doing everything you can to prevent it from flowing through your system.
As well as studies into the impact of gardening on physical wellbeing, there’s been a lot of research in recent years into the benefits of landscaping on an individual’s mental health. It’s been shown that one of the most effective ways of combating stress, anxiety, depression, the onset of dementia and more is to get outdoors and focus your mind on something productive – like your next gardening project.
You’ll be exposing yourself to the stunning sights and sounds of nature, and you’ll be breathing in much cleaner air, because trees and other greenery captures dust and smoke from the environment and play an important role in removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. This is particularly important if you live in the city or in a suburban area and are regularly exposed to air pollution.
There are plenty of eco benefits to a carefully-considered landscape
When done right, your landscaping project could help you conserve energy (and, potentially, save you money). Well-placed trees, shrubs, hedges and even lawns will produce much-needed shade and will shield your garden from the elements, limiting damage to your landscape installations and yet ensuring your flowers, plants and other features still receive plenty of light during the warmer months to keep them at their best. They are hugely important in preventing soil erosion and water run-off, too.
It’s a little-known fact amongst gardeners that plants will also absorb strong heat from the sun, so by placing them strategically around your garden, you’ll actually be keeping your home cooler!
Plus, more greenery means more wildlife. By using natural landscaping products, you’re encouraging a wider variety of species into your garden (and away from dangerous built-up areas).
A better garden could increase your home’s value
The actual statistics vary from study to study, but it has been suggested that a beautiful landscape could add up to 15% to the resale value of your property. So if you’re looking to sell, or want to speed up the sale, investing a little time and money into your garden’s design could really pay off.
We’ve probably convinced you by now that it’s time to dig out those gardening gloves and get stuck into creating an amazing new landscape. But once you’ve put together the initial concept and have a good idea of the kind of space you want to create, you’ll need to get hold of your landscaping supplies.
Milestone Reclaim and Landscaping offers a huge range of new and reclaimed materials to help you create the perfect look, including natural paving stones, boulders, feature stones and floor materials such as gravel and ornamental bark. The Essex-based company delivers to virtually any location in the UK and caters for bulk orders, too.