Change Your Landscape
Not only does landscaping make your yard look nicer, it can also
increase the value of your property and help you save on energy, not to
mention it's great exercise. Other benefits include stress relief and
Property Value Increases: When you spend money on doing your
property up, it's only natural it will raise the value of your
property. But what most people don't understand is that doing work to
the house not only adds value on paper, it increases the property's
value in potential buyers' minds.
People will pay more for a home that looks better than the rest of the houses on the street.
Save On Energy Costs: By using proper landscaping
techniques, you can keep you home warmer in winter and cooler int eh
summer, lowering your energy bills.
Much of the cold that comes into your home in winter is caused by
wind. Adding a row of conifers, white pines, or hedges around your
home and your windows can help keep the wind out and the heat in. In
the summer, you can keep your home cooler by planting trees that
provide shade over your windows.
Effortless Exercise: Backyard landscaping is a great way to
get your daily exercise, not to mention the fresh air. And gardening
is known to be a great stress reliever. Getting outside and getting
your hands dirty calms the body, and it's a great way to relax after
work or on the weekends.
Tax-Deductible Landscaping: It's true, you can get money
back for adding value to your home. Home improvement (not home repair)
is a tax-deductible expense in America.
Container Landscaping: But what if you live in an apartment
or a condo and don't have space to landscape? Not a problem. Planting
in containers is the obvious solution. There really isn't much
difference between traditional gardening and container gardening except
for on every important fact: Traditional gardens rely heavily on
nature for their basic needs, but container gardens rely almost solely
on you. You must provide them with the nutrients they need. Container
gardens can dry out quickly.
The good news is you can grow almost anything in containers, from
edible plants to decorative shrubs and flowers. You can even grow
trees, though they will never get to their intended size, since their
roots are confined. It's also a good idea to select hardy plants that
can survive in drought conditions.
When it comes to selecting containers, the most popular pots are
terra cotta and stone. However, be careful with weight restrictions if
you are putting your containers on balconies.
Taking care of a plant in a container is primarily a matter of
making sure it has adequate water and good soil and that you prune when
Repot them when plants get too big for their containers, and don't
forget to fertilize as needed. If you want to slow the growth of your
plants, prune the roots.
Courtesy of The Memphis Flyer, Issue 1104, April 22 - 28, 2010
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