Creating an idyllic and cozy outdoor environment is good for your wallet and good for your health.
It's common today for backyard space to be used as an extension of your living space. People are investing more in the back of their property, and the home-improvement boom is driving that engine. A study by the University of Michigan found that consumers value a landscaped home 11.3% higher than the same home without good landscaping.
A well-cultivated outdoor space can do wonders for your home’s value, but there are many other benefits to be gained from your backyard. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) recently shared a study of the health benefits of the outdoors.
Children’s stress levels fall within minutes of seeing green spaces. Knowing and experiencing nature makes us generally happier, healthier people.
Getting dirty is good for you! Mycobacterium vaccae in soil mirrors the effect on neurons that Prozac provides.
Residing near living landscapes improves mental health. Research found that people moving to greener areas experiences an immediate improvement in mental health.
Children gain attention and working memory benefits when they are exposed to greenery. Exposure to natural settings may be widely effective in reducing attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms in children.
Walking or running in nature, rather than a concrete-oriented, urban environment, resulted in decreased anxiety, rumination and negative affect, and produced cognitive benefits and increased working memory performance. Grass can be 31 degrees cooler than asphalt and 20 degrees cooler than bare soil thanks to the process called evapotranspiration.
Living landscapes help kids and pets be healthier. Playing outdoors increases fitness levels and builds healthy, active bodies. Even gardening will enhance your mood and self-esteem, and lower your body mass index (BMI)!
Your lawn produces lots of oxygen– 50 square feet of lawn generates enough oxygen each day for a family of four – and reduces the code red effect since grass removes pollutants from the air we breathe.