Most of us have felt the uncomfortable ping. We pass a neighbor’s house with their lush landscape and suddenly feel not good enough. There must be a reason why the expression is green with envy. Snapper Brand Mowers took a poll with that in mind and found that those feelings ran very deep. Thirty-six percent of people had admitted to being in a secret competition with their neighbors, and 80% took pride in their yards. Over 50% of those polled reported having a neighbor whose yard was neglected and brought down the neighborhood. The most reported issues were unmowed grass and dying flowers, and greenery. On the positive side, colorful flowers and a well-kept lawn topped the most appealing list.
In 2014, the average American spent almost 60 hours a year working on their yard. Factor out those with no yards, and the estimated 80 million lawn owners are spending a significant amount of time greater than that. Doesn’t two weeks on the beach or in the mountains sound like a much better option? In fact, our yards are far and away the largest crop in the country. A beautifully landscaped property can add almost 15% to the property value of your home. Not only can you see an immediate dividend, but that number grows as the flowers and plants grow in fuller. While some design concepts come and go, the greenery is timeless.
Some benefits are more than just monetary or aesthetic. Green areas help keep our neighborhoods cooler, reduce flooding, restore groundwater, and remove carbon dioxide from the air. Incredibly, we spend over 36 billion dollars yearly on our yards, which is almost five times the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency.
In 2019, the amount of time spent working on our yards hit an all-time low, according to the U.S Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Fast forward to 2021, and a staggering 90% of property owners were taking advantage of their outdoor spaces. We are spending more time gardening, relaxing, entertaining, and having fun with our kids. Spurred on by increase, Forbes magazine dubbed 2021 “the year of the yard.” They also found 88% of people were not happy with the condition of their property.
If you fall into that large number, there are some hot trends to turn your frown upside down. Front yards are now becoming a hotspot for social gatherings as we reconnect with our friends and neighbors. According to the American Society for Horticulture Science, exposure to flowers and plants can lower blood pressure, lower the heart rate, and reduce pain.
So, how do we balance the amount of time needed to create a wonderful atmosphere and the amount of time we can enjoy our creation? In Mendocino, Lake, Sonoma counties, the answer is simple, give Nicklaus Landscaping a call. We are the #1 rated outdoor living contractor in the region, from landscaping to firepits and outdoor lighting. We are passionate about what we do, and that is reflected in the amazing work we produce. Let us create your dream landscape.