Choosing the Right Landscape for Your Home
Your backyard space is a wonderful extension of your home, which also means you have the freedom to decide what it looks like. It can be a difficult decision to choose the right landscape for your yard, weighing up functionality with aesthetics, cost, and value.
If you’d like some inspiration for your backyard landscape or consider which is best for your home, here’s a little guide to help you choose between lawn and patio.
Lawns look beautiful when they’re well-maintained, and their vibrancy can enhance and improve both your mental and physical wellbeing. They complement other plants and shrubs you may have in the yard and provide an open space in which to play games, sunbathe, and relax on. A lawn which has been well looked after will also increase the value of your home.
Air pollution and noise pollution are reduced in suburban areas because the lawn’s ecosystem acts as a filter for the natural environment. A healthy lawn can reduce the risk of fire and also subdue the effects of an active fire because it’s rich in moisture. Lawns also improve your surrounding air quality as a healthy lawn will generate oxygen as well as removing carbon dioxide from the local environment.
It takes regular maintenance to keep a healthy, vibrant lawn. This means that the grass needs to be cut and watered frequently and fertilizer applied every so often, all of which incur a cost.
Patios are a great option for those who like to entertain guests. While a lawn is practical for children to play on, a patio is better suited to entertain mature audiences. The space of a patio allows you to provide a seating area, possibly a dining table or a bar, and an area for a fire pit. A patio can help to extend your living area if you have a smaller home, providing additional space in which to entertain guests or relax with some fresh air.
A patio does not mean you can’t have a garden as you can still place pots and planters on the patio itself to grow flowers and vegetables.
Patios are generally low maintenance, requiring only some weeding and maybe a power wash when necessary to keep it looking tidy and pleasant.
The value of your home will increase with the addition of a patio, as with a lawn. A significant proportion of homeowners and buyers want a property with a patio or terrace, so the cost of having a patio installed will pay off when it comes to selling your home.
Many homes have both a patio and a lawn, allowing for maximum use and efficiency. The decision entirely depends on what you want to get out of your landscape.
If you’d like to discuss the installation of a lawn or patio or if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us here at Origin Landscape Architecture.