We all love to see a beautiful, well-maintained landscape. Trees, shrubs, grass, and flowers are visually appealing and add dimension to commercial properties all over our city. The importance of quality landscaping goes beyond just its looks though. Here are ten reasons why your landscape matters:
- Landscaping is Good for the Environment
Landscaping is a crucial component for preserving habitats and local ecological systems. Among other benefits, a landscape will conserve biodiversity within an environment, protect soil and water resources, clean the air, prevent storm-water runoff into areas of the lawn or side yards, and protect an area from the urban heat island effect.
- Landscaping Manages Soil Pollution
When plants can filter out toxins and pollutants from the air, water, they also reduce soil pollution levels in your area therefore managing soil pollution. A study by scientists at Purdue University showed how certain types of plants can clean up waste particles and other harmful chemicals from the soil. So, by maintaining a commercial landscape, you’ll be helping manage things that could potentially harm nature.
- Landscaping Provides Clean Air
Because plants create clean oxygen for us to breathe, even small changes can have a large impact on air quality. Planting trees can reduce nitrogen dioxide levels in the air around a building by up to 20 percent. Even if you already have landscaping, think about upping your game and adding more flowers and trees to help filter out different types of pollutants in the air. It will do wonders for the quality of the air that people breathe when they’re on your property.
- Landscaping Helps with Water Management
Water may be a sustainable resource, but it’s not limitless. It needs to be managed carefully. Landscaping can help. By prioritizing water drainage solutions, landscapers protect natural waterways, create rain gardens, and rejuvenate wetlands. Wetland-friendly landscaping is important because wetlands are endangered. These areas encourage biodiversity, purify stormwater, and control floods.
- Strong Landscaping Equals a Strong Community
When communities have strong green spaces with healthy plants, trees, flowers, and lawns people feel safer walking around, which can lead to a stronger sense of community. Studies consistently show that being in nature is good for a person’s mental health. It can improve their memory, reduce stress, and boost feelings of happiness. Nature is so powerful that something as small as one tree or a single houseplant can improve mental health.
- Landscaping Reduces Energy Usage
A recent study of Glasgow by researchers Emmanuel and Loconsole advocated that an increase in greenspace of 20% above the current level could eliminate between a third and a half of the city’s expected urban heat island effect in 2050! Shading and evapotranspiration trees can reduce surrounding air temperatures as much as 9° F. Because cool air settles near the ground, air temperatures directly under trees can be as much as 25°F cooler than air temperatures above nearby blacktop.
Landscaping is essential for the environment as it utilizes fewer resources, supports lifecycle, flourishes flora and fauna, and offers long-term investment results. With the world’s population multiplying at a steady pace and our resources also depleting at the same time, adding a well-thought-out landscape is a very important contribution to Mother Nature and this planet. Team LMC is your partner in designing, planting, and maintaining a commercial landscape that adds aesthetic value to your commercial property while being a sustainable landscape that offers all the benefits detailed in this blog.