Benefits of Gardening and Landscaping
- Get fit while gardening: Did you know that you can burn as many calories in 45 minutes of gardening as you do in 30 minutes of aerobics? Improve the aesthetic of your home while you burn extra calories while planting and weeding.
- Improve physical and mental well-being: Studies have shown that just looking at plants can make the viewer more relaxed and lower their blood pressure. Walking through nature can also improve attention and memory. Aromatherapy is also a common recommendation to manage stress, which can be aided by planting sweet smelling flowers like rosemary and roses. Nature is not only beautiful to look at but it also has physical and psychological benefits.
- Positive environmental impact: Having a beautiful garden not only benefits you but it can also benefit the local community as a whole. Certain plants can filter out pollution from water, providing clean water for the local wildlife but potentially for your community’s own local source of drinking water. Trees and fresh grass also absorb harmful substances in the air, like smoke particles and carbon dioxide.
- Make the most out of compost: Using up your food waste bin for compost not only helps your plants but also limits food waste ending up in tips. If you’re an avid gardener, you can save tens of money on fertilizer and compost that makes your vegetables grow. Depending on where you live, you may also be able to dodge the added cost for compost collection.
How Gardening and Landscaping Can Save You Money
- Saving money on overpriced produce in stores: More than a 3rd of the US households have started growing their own produce at home. An average household that spends $756 a year on fruits and vegetables can produce around $600 annually from a well-maintained home garden. The most cost-efficient produce to plant are common grocery purchases like tomatoes, nectarines and berries. Home grown fruit and vegetables are not only cheap but can be a great family activity while enjoying the sun and fresh air.
- Decrease utility bill cost: Like you would wear a lighter shirt in the summer to stay cooler, planting large plants around your house to provide shade can cool down the temperature inside your home. This can cut down your heating and cooling costs for the natural gas prices in Maryland in the hotter season. Overtime you can use these savings for your retirement fund or even save up for a holiday.
- High return on investment: Buying a home and paying off a mortgage is probably one of the largest investments you’ll make in your life. If you’re ever looking to resell, it’s important to know that more expensive homes on the market are more likely to sell for a higher resale value considering they have high curb appeal.
- Increased consumer spending: Shoppers highly value the service of a restaurant or shop as much as the appearance inside and out. This attitude towards the business can be positively influenced by the presence of trees and green spaces as customers are more likely to spend more time around the area and will be more tempted to buy the goods and service being offered.
- Set a timer: The more greenery you have the more resources it will take to maintain the luscious plants growing. Make sure to set a timer for your sprinklers if you easily lose track of watering schedules and it can minimize the cost of excess water usage.
Whether you’re new to gardening or you’re just looking for new ways to make the gardening game more exciting. There are always new tips to learn so you can not only enjoy your home’s exterior but also can save money along the way.