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Love Your Landscape: How Your Backyard Can Improve Your Life

May 4th 2018

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and the grass is getting greener – It must be spring! As the warmer weather rolls in, it’s time to start thinking about your backyard. Whether you’re thinking about keeping it lush and green or you’re considering adding a patio and seating, sprucing up your backyard with some landscaping has a variety of benefits to both your home and your family.

Keep It Cool It’s no secret that adding trees to your propriety can offer some lovely shaded areas to relax and enjoy without the scorching sun. However, did you know that by adding trees and hedges around your yard can actually reduce the surface temperature to up to 30 degrees lower than pavement or asphalt. No more sizzling feet as you make a mad dash to the BBQ – Not to mention, it can keep kids cool while they burn off their energy outside all summer.

Along with cooling your yard down enough to enjoy the outdoors, trees and shading can also cool your home down. In fact, the shade provided by trees and hedges can lower your home’s attic temperature by up to 40 degrees, putting less stress on your air conditioning and bringing your home down to a more livable temperature.

Breathe Easy As much as everyone loves the warmer weather, it often brings with it a lot of common allergens. If you’ve ever suffered from itchy, dry eyes or sniffling and sneezing all spring long, than the idea of clearer outdoor air should be high on your priorities. By adding more greenery to your yard, you can greatly reduce the amount of allergens you take in, due to the fact that they capture things such as dust and smoke particles, and even reduce pollen in the air, giving you less irritants. Not to mention, trees naturally absorb carbon dioxide in the air.

Quiet It Down If you’re located in a more urban area, the noise pollution from surrounding neighbours, traffic and contraction can really put a damper on your time outside – And more so your sleeping hours. Adding hedges or trees to your property line can help! Acting much like a sound barrier, trees have been known to muffle outside noise pollution and block unwanted sound.

All About The Value As beautiful as a home can be, it is always more appealing to both buyers and visitors with some landscaping. From bold and bright garden beds to lush and green shrubs or bushes, adding landscaping to your property can greatly increase the curb appeal and value. Even if you’re not looking to sell your home, keeping your property value high is always a good idea.

Extra Space Being cooped up inside all winter can drive people a little stir crazy, which is why adding more outdoor living space is great way to make the most of the warmer weather. Adding a patio with outdoor dining or kitchen and BBQ area can make family dinners relaxing and enjoyable in the evening air. Additionally, adding more outdoor living space is great for entertaining guests throughout the sunny seasons!

Health & Happiness Believe it or not, studies have shown that being outside in a pleasant environment is actually good for your health – Both mental and physical. Adding colour, greenery and fragrant flowers to your backyard can naturally promote production of dopamine and serotonin, as well as the healthy benefits from absorbing the sun’s vitamin D!

Whether you’re looking to add a few extras to your property to starting from scratch, a little bit of landscaping can go a long way to keeping your yard looking great and giving you the most out of the sunny seasons for years to come.