Landscaping is cool! Like, really cool. And we don’t just mean visually or socially cool, plants actually lower the temperature around us! With Summer right around the corner, we found it fitting to mention this particular benefit of landscaping. 😉
Of course, designed and maintained landscapes are beautiful, but they offer us so much more than just beauty. You’re in Florida, so we would bet money you’ve walked barefoot outside in the Summer. Given the choice of grass, sand, or asphalt to walk on, you would walk on the grass. Obviously, right? It won’t burn you feet. Grass on average stays about 31 degrees cooler than asphalt and 20 degrees cooler than bare soil, so our feet don’t lie! Watch out for sneaky sand spurs though, we hate them with a passion too. And if they are plaguing your lawn, let us come make them magically disappear. Seriously, there is almost nothing we can’t do.
Another cool fact: investing in landscaping can save you money down the road. Strategically placed trees shade your home in the summer, and allow the sun to warm it in the winter. According to the United States Department of Energy, this can save 25% of a household’s energy consumption related to heating and cooling. They also predicted that three trees well placed will save you $100-$250 annually in energy costs. I don’t know about you, but this makes us want to hug some cool trees. Not only can they work for your pocketbook year-round, they can also provide a cool, shady place for your outdoor cookout or other family activity. Up to 25 degrees cooler, in fact.
Check out this newly finished landscape we designed and installed. As this landscape matures, the trees, shrubs, and sod will certainly provide ample shade, and cooler Summer temperatures for this homeowner.
There are many other neat things you may be surprised to learn about plants, so keep an eye out for future fun landscaping facts with Hardeman. Until next time, give us a call so we can start designing your cool landscape!
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Source: National Association of Landscape Professionals