Most often than not, landscaping is done with the primary
purpose of beautifying yards of homes and other establishments. But along with
it are other worthwhile benefits that landscaping can bring.
By landscaping our yards, we are doing a great help to
mother Earth. Planting a combination of grasses, bushes, and trees indeed can
bring cooler surroundings and can help prevent erosion and flooding. Plants
improve air quality by acting as anti-pollutants with their ability to capture
dust, eating out a large portion of carbon dioxide and producing oxygen.
Aside from the environmental importance, landscapes have
economic impacts on residences and commercial establishments. Homes with
beautiful gardens can surely command a higher market value than when there was
no landscaping done on its yards. Business establishments with attractive
landscapes may experience more customers coming to enjoy its attractive
With the many benefits of landscaping, it is indeed hard not to landscape our own yards. Whether by hiring a professional landscaper or by doing it yourself, these are important considerations that you have to consider before you proceed to beautify your yard through landscaping.
Is your house or establishment located in the tropics where
there is a considerable amount of sun? Or is it in the temperate region of the
planet? The geographical location plays a vital role in landscapes as it
affects our choice of grass, bushes, and trees to plant.
The location of your house in the community can also determine the architectural design of your landscape. Hillside homes and establishments will need landscapes with more retaining walls.
There are many types of garden grasses to choose from when
landscaping. The proper type of grass may determine the success of your
landscape. If your house happens to be near the equator, then you should plant
grass varieties that can withstand heat and humidity.
Bermuda, Bahia, Zoysia, or St. Augustine are among the types of grasses that are ideal for a hot and humid climate. Fescue, bluegrass, bentgrass, and ryegrass are suitable for colder regions. Garden grasses can also come in creeping or bunch type. Bunch types grow higher from the ground and require periodic mowing.
Choosing the right topsoil for your garden is one factor
that can make or break your landscape. The right mixture of silt, sand, and
clay to produce a loamy texture is ideal as topsoil for gardens as it has low
water retention capacity. The combination may vary according to the kinds of
grass or plants to be planted in particular areas of the space to be
landscaped. By adding organic fertilizers to the mixture instead of commercial
fertilizers to ensure plant growth, the environmental footprint of the
landscape is increased.