What kind of shape is your yard in? Do you smile with pride each time you drive up to your home, or do you cringe?
If you aren’t too thrilled with the shape that it is in, don’t feel bad. The weather hasn’t exactly been the best for working in the yard. And I am sure that if you look around, a few of your neighbors’ yards could also use some TLC. The good news is that with a little bit of sweat equity, some fresh flowers, and nice hardscaping, you can easily transform your yard into one that you are proud of.
And why should you do this? Here are five great reasons to landscape your yard this spring:
Reason #1: Landscaping has health benefits.
A beautiful yard motivates you to get outside. And time spent outdoors has many health benefits. When you are actively working in the garden, playing catch with your kids, or enjoying a barbecue with friends and family, you increase your physical activity, which is good for your body. Being outdoors can improve your mood and relieve stress. Unless of course, your yard is a mess. In that case, it might actually cause stress.
Reason #2: It encourages family time outdoors.
If your yard is pleasant to be in, then your family will want to spend more time outdoors. And there are so many ways you can landscape your yard for family fun. You can build an outdoor fire pit so you and your children can tell ghost stories and roast marshmallows. Or bring in fresh sod for a nice place for children to run around playing tag or soccer. Or create a walking path out of flagstone or pavers to a serene garden spot or reading nook. No matter how you choose to landscape the backyard, it is worth it. Kids grow up all too fast. Make precious memories while you can.
Reason #3: A landscaped yard is good for entertaining.
Do you enjoy entertaining outdoors? With the right balance of furniture, hardscape surfaces, and greenery, you can create a backyard oasis. And the possibilities are endless. If you enjoy cooking, then include a beautiful outdoor kitchen in your design. If you prefer ordering pizza and watching your favorite sports on the big screen with friends, then create a comfortable outdoor living room complete with a strategically placed television. Whatever way you prefer to entertain, spending time outside with the people you enjoy is a great reason to get your yard back into shape.
Reason #4: You are helping the environment.
Here in the Northwest, we care about the environment we live in. Did you know that a well-maintained yard actually helps protect it? Retaining walls can prevent erosion and reduce the amount of soil that ends up in waterways. Proper grading and drainage can reduce stormwater runoff and help prevent flooding. And planting native trees, flowers, and plants, not only provides a sustainable environment for local birds and wildlife, it helps combat climate change. Yet another great reason to landscape your yard.
Reason #5: Nice landscaping is an investment in your home.
Finally, landscaping your yard is a good investment. Yes, it provides many immediate perks, but it also has long-term benefits. When you install permanent hardscapes such as patios and outdoor kitchens, you are building beauty that lasts. Plus, if at some point you decide to sell your home, then these structures will increase its value. It is safe to say that you will get out of it what you have put into it, and perhaps even more. So, whether you stay in your home for many years to come, or eventually sell it, you can be confident that your investment in your yard has long term benefits.
From the team at Mutual Materials, we hope that you enjoy some great backyard entertaining this year!
If you’re looking to build up your outdoor space with hardscape products, please let us know, we’d like to help. Mutual Materials has served customers in the Pacific Northwest for over 115 years. Our family-owned company has been the “go-to” resource for architects, builders, landscapers, and homeowners. We are the largest and most trusted hardscape and masonry provider in the Northwest. Give us a call at 1-888-688-8250 or contact us online to get started on your next hardscape project.