The benefits of landscaping around residences in urban locales are exponential. Landscapes encourage community and give residents a sense of being in a distinct place. In addition to the aesthetic value and curb appeal that they give a property, landscapes with rich vegetation improve the overall quality of life for residents. They also are a sound investment in the long run for real estate developers in that they can reduce costs associated with pests, pollutants, floods and they are sustainable. Though there might not be as much space to work with when it comes to city apartment buildings, even the smallest pieces of landscaped grounds have their benefits. In one small urban garden, there can be a whole microcosm of life cycles, decomposition, food chain activity, and oxygen exchange, all of which improve the local environment.
Even if it’s just a small lawn with a few trees planted around the perimeter, a landscape does many things. It gives off oxygen and absorbs carbon dioxide, which increases air quality. Air pollution can compromise a property’s value in a multitude of ways. Lawns also capture a fair amount of dust and particles in the air and send them down their roots to be part of the dirt. They also have a cooling effect. In cities, heat tends to linger on the pavement for a while even after the sun has gone down. Grass cools the area through evaporation and lowers the temperature around a property, helping to lower air conditioning costs.
Urban landscapes help pay for themselves in the long run because of their sustainability. The grass clippings that break down after a mowing contain organic matter that improves the quality of soil. Trees provide shade and work with the grass to create an ecosystem that invites friendly microorganisms in soils. These will help the lawn to self-feed. Installing a fountain, tiny pond or other water feature will be a good breeding ground for frogs, which will catch insects and help with pest control.
A well-planned landscape that residents can enjoy while outdoors helps them feel more confident in their management company’s green efforts.
Safety & Comfort
Vegetation has its safety benefits as well. Lawns greatly reduce runoff. After a heavy rain, lawns absorb water and lower flood potential and also the erosion that often compromises foundations. Lawns can also help thwart the advance of fires. A well-maintained, irrigated lawn will serve as a damper.
Noise is something that people are used to in cities, but a good landscape with grass and trees can absorb a lot of it, making a residence feel more private. In addition to giving our ears a break, lawns help absorb the bright light that produces a glare in urban environments when the sun bounces off vehicles and walls.
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