Nature is beneficial to our health. It’s as simple as that. Nature somehow makes us feel better about our lives, whether it’s spending quiet time in solitude in a garden, hiking up a mountain for a breathtaking view, or walking through a forest to clear our heads.

But I’m not just talking about wilderness, state parks, or conservation areas. I’m also referring to landscaping. That’s exactly what Plants Creative does. It’s what I like to call the “business of nature” — improving and beautifying our customers’ natural surroundings!

There are three main areas of landscaping benefits that I like to discuss with people: physical health benefits, mental health benefits, and economic benefits.

Landscaping is beneficial to your health.

On a basic level, landscapes can have a positive impact on our physical health in a variety of ways. Here are a few examples.

• Air quality — a healthy landscape produces oxygen and removes dust, smoke, and pollutants from the air we breathe, thereby improving the quality of the air we breathe.

• Lower blood pressure and stress — Studies have shown that simply looking at plants and trees, even if only through a window, can lower blood pressure and cortisol levels. Cortisol levels above a certain threshold have been linked to learning and memory problems, weight gain, and heart disease.

• Reduced inflammation and a stronger immune system — being outside can help to reduce inflammation in the body, which can help to prevent autoimmune diseases, irritable bowel syndrome, and even cancer! While cancer prevention research is still in its infancy, studies suggest that spending time in nature can stimulate the production of anti-cancer proteins. Another advantage of being outside is that it strengthens the immune system, making it easier for the body to fight common illnesses like colds and flu.

Landscaping is beneficial to your mental health.

The advantages to one’s mental health are just as numerous. Walking in nature has been shown to improve short-term memory in numerous studies. Anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues can all benefit from spending time outside. According to one study that looked at ten other studies on “green exercise,” exercising outside rather than inside improved study participants’ self-esteem and mood.

Additional advantages include increased focus for tasks requiring intense concentration and a better ability to solve problems creatively. The more greenery you have around your home, the better, in my opinion.

Landscaping is beneficial to your savings account.

There are financial benefits to having a new landscaping project done on your property, in addition to the obvious increased enjoyment of your property.

• Curb appeal and increased property value — According to the Appraisal Institute, a well-landscaped home can add 6 to 13 percent to the value of a property without any landscaping. According to another source, the figure is between 20 and 25 percent. Curb appeal is real; how a house appears from the street influences whether or not someone wants to buy it and how much they’re willing to pay for it.

Finally, I see landscaping as a means of improving one’s quality of life. It’s no surprise that we at Plants Creative are so enthusiastic about it! We enjoy bringing nature to our customers and assisting in shaping it for their benefit.

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