The new year brought freezing single-digit temperatures and with it, wistful thoughts of warmer days spent outside; a carpet of lush green grass underfoot, dappled sunlight peeking through a canopy of trees, splashes of brilliant blooms painted throughout the landscape.
There is no doubt that our exterior surroundings affect many aspects of our lives. From public spaces to our own backyard designs, our outdoor environments are gathering places we share with loved ones, quiet spaces for peaceful contemplation, and often a healing oasis from the stress and hectic pace of modern life.
Our outdoor spaces matter. That’s why creating an outdoor environment that defines who we are and what matters most to us can enhance our lives in so many ways.
- A well-designed landscape design takes into account the natural environment, working with elements to highlight their special attributes and transforming what might otherwise be considered “problem areas” into functional and often beautifully landscaped areas (think hilly terrain vs. terraced gardens).
- Proper landscape design goes hand-in-hand with responsible stewardship of our environment. It allows for a conservation of natural resources: the use of native plantings, accurate site assessment for proper plant selection and placement, plant selections that reduce the need for excessive watering or pesticides and that moderate home climates.
- Smart design is pleasing aesthetically. Attractively landscaped spaces increase property values because they naturally increase our enjoyment of those spaces. And still beyond that, countless studies have determined how vital our connection to the natural world is to our overall well-being – physically, emotionally, and for many, even spiritually.
In our next blog, we’ll talk about the value of engaging the services of certified professionals to help you create the outdoor space that’s perfect for you. In the meantime, start thinking of what your dream outdoor space would look like – spring will be here before you know it! And we’d love to hear from you about perfect outdoor spaces you treasure. Share your comments or pictures of your favorite spaces with us. We look forward to hearing from you!