Not so long ago, humans lived with nature exactly as nature is. It wasn’t until about 12,000 years ago (okay, so it was a little while ago) that farming first began to take root. Since then our improvement on Mother Nature’s landscape design has only increased, expanding to include not just agriculture and farming but also luxurious gardens and manicured parks. Today, 83% of homeowners will tell you having a yard is important. Of those homeowners who have a yard, 90% believe that the yard being well-maintained is also important.
It’s no secret people love gardens. Three-quarters of Americans believe spending time outside in their yards is important, according to a survey of 2,034 U.S. adults by the National Association of Landscape Professionals. We place such a high value on having beautiful yards, yet when was the last time you upgraded your outdoor spaces? To help you determine if a new landscape design is worth it to you, we’ve compiled a list of statistics about landscape design.
Top 5 Statistics About the Power of Landscaping:
- Homeowners can see a ROI of 150% by spending a mere 5% of your home’s overall value on landscaping.
- The majority of homeowners who have upgraded their yards spend six or more hours per week enjoying them. Their top three activities: relaxing, gardening and entertaining.
- A full 97% of real estate agents include landscaping as a top five recommendation to homeowners interested in selling. They claim you can see a 215% ROI on investing in landscaping.
- An attractive landscape design can shave six weeks off of the time your home has to sit on the open market, probably because 63% of Americans said they’d be willing to pay more for a home located near green space. Since you can’t always control the number or location of parks near your home, you can create your own green sanctuary with some attractive lawn care.
- Landscaping can raise the property value of your home by as much as 12%, increasing your home’s resale value by 14%.
Now that you know the impressive facts about the power of landscaping, what should you do to upgrade your yard? Here are a few options to get you started:
- Hire a professional:
It may sound expensive to bring in a landscape specialist, but perhaps not as costly as you imagine. For instance: while 56% of homeowners budgeted $10,000 for their current outdoor projects, less than two-thirds actually spent that amount.
- Determine the right plants:
As many as 92% of homeowners who are adding plants to their yards are choosing ones native to their region. With the recent pushes towards sustainability and buying local, it’s no surprise gardens are seeing a similar trend. The upside to native plants is their maintenance is usually lower since they won’t require quite as much hand-holding to thrive in a foreign landscape.
- Know your soil:
The right fertilizer is key. The pH levels in soil will affect the ability of your fertilizer to release nutrients. Before purchasing a forty pound bag of fertilizer, test your soil’s pH. A professional can help with that or you can purchase an at-home kit to test it yourself. The soil test report will recommend an appropriate fertilizer for you yard. Other considerations when choosing fertilizer include the needs of the plants you’ve chosen, if they’ll be planted directly in the ground or in planters, and if you need the fertilizer to work immediately or gradually over time.
Almost two-thirds of homeowners who are taking the plunge to upgrade their landscapes are addressing their backyards. A majority of the upgrades underway are substantial, involving new planters and beds, adding structures or laying new paving. Almost 30% even qualify as complete overhauls. What are you waiting for? Join the ranks of homeowners relaxing and entertaining in their new and improved landscape gardens by making outdoor spaces your next home improvement project.