Why Investing In A Beautiful Lawn Makes Sense
Whether you live in an urban area or a less crowded rural neighborhood, investing in a lawn and landscape makes good sense.
The cost of your investment can vary widely from as little as a few hundred dollars to thousands.
Assuming your lawn is a typical 6,000 square feet, you will easily spend $4,000 – 5,000 to install quality sod. Preparing the lawn site and establishing the lawn from seed will cost less, perhaps $1,000, including lots of additional labor and equipment you may need to purchase! And then there is the follow up maintenance. Should you opt for an in-ground sprinkler system, be prepared to spend at least $3,500 to $5,000 more.
On top of your installation costs, to make the investment pay off, it is wise to set up a practical, lawn care program; applications of fertilizer and pest control materials, necessary to help the new lawn withstand pest invasions. For the 6,000 square foot lawn, a quality program, provided by a lawn professional will cost approximately $400 per season and, considering all the benefits of having a professional watching over your lawn, it will be the best money you will spend.
The point is, lawns are not free. They do not suddenly appear after a new home is constructed. They do not live forever and, after a time, need to be replaced. A lawn, and a companion landscape, including healthy trees and shrubs, represents a significant investment in both time and money.
So, why is having a nice lawn so important?
Consider this; a nicely landscaped property will increase the value of your property by up to 15%, or more! That fact alone makes the investment pay off. But beside the financial good sense, investing in a lawn is really the right thing to do, for your family, the community you live in and the environment.
There are so many hidden benefits of green space, we often don’t realize how important grass and trees are. According to Dr. James Beard, well-known turf researcher and academic expert on turfgrass, “Americans take lawns for granted.” We assume grass will just grow. And, it does. Look along any creek bed or riverbank and you will find grass growing. But the grass you see won’t look anything like the golf course fairway you envision outside your front door. In order for turf to grow thick and healthy for an extended period of time, regular maintenance is required. So, no, we cannot take our lawns for granted.
If for no other reason, justify an investment in a nice lawn because, if it is at least 5,000 square feet or more, it will supply all the oxygen needed for a family of four, day in and day out, all season.
And, think about these benefits of greenery:
Grass and trees provide priceless aesthetics to especially urban areas. Communities, where green space has been developed, are more desirable and typically safer.
Green plants filter dust and dirt from the air and subdue loud city noises. These are important benefits, seldom known.
Grassy parks and other areas have been shown to significantly dissipate heat, reducing energy cost for air conditioning.
In rural areas, grass strips along fields prevents erosion and chemical run off.
Still not sure that investing in a beautiful lawn makes sense? We hope the above information will help to persuade you the change your mind.
Across America, over 30 million acres of greenery are helping us live our lives every day. Why not make that number 30 million plus 1!
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