Lush green grass, blooming flowers, fragrant shrubs—front and backyards are two of our favorite things about any home. Any real estate professional will tell you that what’s outside is just as important as what’s inside, and not for the reason you think! While it’s easy to appreciate the sights and smells afforded by gorgeous lawns and landscapes, did you know their real value is much more substantial than pleasing aesthetics and aromas?
Well-managed and designed landscapes offer tremendous benefits for homeowners and the environment. That’s why today, we’re exploring some of the reasons why landscaping is so important, not only to your home’s resale value, but also to your health!
If you’re interested in tackling some landscape design yourself, check out our list of the top garden centers in Ann Arbor! If you’d rather hire a professional, read on for a list of our favorite expert landscapers in the area.
Why landscaping is important
Improved curb appeal
When thinking about landscaping your yard, there’s usually one major “pro” that stands out to most people: the improved curb appeal. Your front yard is the first thing guests, family and potential buyers see when they pull into your driveway, so you’ll want to make a good first impression. And we’re not just talking about a few flower beds. Trees, shrubbery and other greenery are just as important. Who knows? You might even inspire your neighbors to tackle their yards too!
Added home value
Not only does landscaping look good, but it can actually add a ton of value to your home. Professional landscaping can increase your property’s value by up to 20 percent. That means that your home, with proper landscaping touches, can actually sell for a much higher price! Not to mention, homes with the right curb appeal typically sell faster.
Even if you’re not one to care about aesthetics, a well-landscaped yard is still important. A beautifully landscaped yard can provide you with a comfortable and peaceful place to sit and relax by yourself or with friends and family. This is even more important when you live in a popular neighborhood, where it can feel harder to get away from all the hustle and bustle. A landscaped oasis can help you escape from everyday worries, without having to leave your property.
The better your yard looks, the more you—and your family—will want to spend time there! Running, playing, swimming — landscaping makes outdoor recreation easy and accessible. Kids can enjoy playing on these landscapes while simultaneously learning about the environment, wildlife and conservation right in the backyard.
These days, we’re constantly on the hunt for new ways to save energy and money in our homes. But did you know that a well-designed landscape can save you up to 25% of your home’s energy costs for heating and cooling? In the summer, trees and shrubs help shade your home, reducing energy usage and cost. In the colder months, when we start feeling icy winds coming through the Midwest, planting specific plants can help lift wind up and over your home—keeping it nice and toasty all winter long without having to turn up the temp.
Improved mental and physical health
If you needed any more reasons to consider landscaping your home, landscaping is scientifically proven to greatly improve your health. Our mental, emotional and physical wellbeing are directly linked to our natural environment, meaning that we thrive in areas with more greenery. Being surrounded by plants also helps you recover faster from illness, stress and injuries. If you need even more persuading, in his 1984 paper, The View Through A Window, environmental psychologist Roger Ulrich presented data showing that surgical patients who could see nature outside their hospital room window experienced fewer post-procedure complications, required less pain medication, and spent less time in the hospital.
Our favorite local landscaping companies
If you’ve decided to take the plunge and add some landscaping to your yard, these amazing local companies are here for you! Just visit their websites to set up an appointment for a consultation and get ready to reap the many benefits of home landscaping.
Ann Arbor Landscaping has been designing gorgeous yards for A2 residents since 1987—so you know they’ve got the experience and the know-how to make your landscaping dreams come true! Their complete landscaping package includes tree and shrub planting, sodding, trenching, hydroseeding and so much more.
Burns Lawn Care and Landscaping is a woman-owned, full-service lawn and landscaping company that has been providing outstanding service to Washtenaw County since 1998! They offer year-round care, including lawn maintenance, landscape design and installation, hardscapes and other services like gutter cleaning, power washing, firewood delivery and more.
Founded in 2002, Canopy Landscapes is a locally owned landscaping company that does it all. They’ll help you design your dream landscape; provide proper installation of hardscapes and softscapes; and help you continue to maintain it for as long as you need! They also offer horticulture services, holiday lighting services and snow removal.
If your weekend to-do list is starting to turn into a lawn care nightmare, it might be time to give Good Guys Lawn Care a call. This Ann Arbor landscaper has been in business since 2003, offering expert lawn care, landscaping maintenance, fertilizer and weed control, Spring and Fall clean-up, as well as snow removal.
Great Outdoors, a landscaping company servicing the entire Southeastern Michigan area, is known for transforming homes by maintaining lawn care and landscaping. Since 1983, they have been providing the best in quality service work for local residential and commercial clients, working all year long in order to make certain that your yard always looks its best. They offer everything from lawn care to outdoor kitchen installations, tree removal, gardening, fall cleanup and more.
Dubbed “The landscaping company that cares,” KB Landscaping & Snow Removal is an Ann Arbor landscaper offering a wide range of landscaping and lawn maintenance services. From design to after-maintenance, they’ll be with you every step of the way, helping you create the yard of your dreams at a great price.
If you’re just looking for a lawn touchup, Just Weed It is perfect for you! They offer a multitude of services like hand weeding, planting flowers and veggies, laying mulch and decorative rock, spring clean up, raking, vacation watering, bush design, small gardens and more. You can hire them on a weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or as-needed basis depending on your needs.
Oak Arbor Company is a garden design-build business founded and operated by Christopher Graham and a carefully selected crew. What exactly does Oak Arbor Company do? Just about anything and everything that is needed outdoors—grading and soils, drainage systems, irrigation, plantings, lighting, walls, pools, paving, garden structures, and much, much more.
Award-winning New Leaf Landscaping offers 25 years of expertise in designing and building outdoor spaces. When it comes to developing your landscape, they genuinely believe that it’s all about you. They’ll listen to your needs, your wants, and look carefully at how you live. That way, whether it’s renovating an existing landscape or creating something entirely new, it’s tailored just for you.
Twin Oaks is a full-service lawn and landscape maintenance company with a focus on residential and commercial properties. They have more than 15 years of experience, offering a wide range of services like outdoor water features, irrigation systems, drainage solutions, patio maintenance and so much more.
Talk about curb appeal!
Now that you know all about landscaping AND about the best experts in town, are you planning on sprucing up your home’s greenery? Let us know in the comments below!