Fairway Green, Inc
9 Ilene Ct, Suite 14 Hillsborough, NJ 08844
Phone: (908) 281-7888

Benefits of a Healthy Landscape

In today’s fast paced and pressure packed society, many people spend a lot of their day indoors. As societal pressure and stress increase, we all need a place to relax and recoup. Spending time outdoors is a great option and why not begin in your own backyard. Do you have an outdoor space you can enjoy? If not, it’s something you should consider. There are many benefits to a healthy landscape, in fact, a beautifully landscaped property can make a significant difference for you and your family. It boosts curb appeal and property value, reduces stress and tension, and has great environmental impacts.

Regardless of property size and/or location, you can create your own healthy landscape. Add some flowers for color, shrubs for greenery, a pollinator garden for butterflies, a water feature for peaceful sounds, trees for shade or simply plant some grass. With proper care all of these can improve your quality of life.

Your healthy landscape not only benefits you but everyone around you. Here we will touch on the environmental impacts and benefits of a healthy landscape.

A healthy lawn and landscape reduces summer heat

  • An area covered in grass is cooler than asphalt, hardscaped surfaces and even bare soil. A healthy lawn and landscape can reduce cooling costs. Lawns can be 31 degrees cooler than asphalt and 20 degrees cooler than bare soil.
  • Tall trees on the south and/or west sides of the building can provide shade during the hottest times of day and lower building temperatures considerably.
  • Incorporating shade trees into cities lowers the overall temperature of urban areas, making it more pleasant to be outside.

A healthy landscape is good for the air and water

  • Grass and trees capture dust and smoke particles, remove carbon dioxide, and produce oxygen.
  • A single healthy tree can remove 26 pounds of carbon dioxide from the air per year.
  • One healthy tree can supply enough oxygen for four people.
  • A 2,500 square foot lawn produces enough oxygen for a family of four
  • Healthy landscapes act as storm water runoff buffers by reducing the flow of pollutants and sediment into nearby waterways. Plants help filter out pollution from the water on its way into our lakes and rivers, which are the source of local drinking water.
  • Healthy dune grasses along our shorelines also reduce beach erosion and flooding.

Outdoor spaces improve quality of life

  • Landscaped areas and gardens in urban settings have physical and psychological benefits.
  • Parks and tree canopies reduce noise.
  • Interacting with plant life and gardening can reduce stress and mental fatigue. It increases concentration and productivity.
  • Walking through a natural environment can improve attention and memory.
  • Gardening is a good source of exercise, burns calories, builds muscle mass, helps maintain bone density and reduces blood pressure.

Healthy landscapes have economic benefits

  • Businesses with high-quality healthy landscapes report higher earnings.
  • Homes with trees are as much as 20 percent more saleable.
  • A well planned, healthy landscape can increase real estate’s appraised value by 8-15 percent
  • A Healthy landscape can reduce heating and cooling costs.

Wildlife benefits of a healthy landscape

  • Flowers, trees and shrubs create habitats for beneficial wildlife.
  • Trees and shrubs attract, feed and sustain essential pollinators.
  • Animals foraging move seeds and acorns, increasing plant populations.

As populations and cities grow, so does the need for green spaces, preserved land and backyard oases to help maintain the natural balance. Having a healthy landscape is vital. When you choose to add new plants, you are helping the environment as well as your health and wellbeing.

9 Ilene Ct, Suite 14, Hillsborough, NJ 08844 United States | (908) 281-7888
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