When you’re down, anxious or depressed, do you find it helpful to spend time in nature? If so, you are not alone — studies show that spending time in a natural environment can help ease feelings of anxiety and depression, boost mood and improve your overall outlook. Nature can also have an impact on your physical health, lowering your blood pressure and heart rate simply by being outside.
That is the good news. The bad news is that it’s easy to spend a lot of time and money trying to achieve the perfect outdoor space, whether you’re a homeowner with a house or a business operator with green space to maintain for your company. Those exorbitant expenses, along with the growing interest in protecting the environment, is driving the naturescaping movement.
As its name implies, “naturescaping” puts the nature back into landscaping. Instead of trying to achieve a certain “look” with plant species that are often difficult to grow and take care of, naturescaping uses primarily native plants that are easy to maintain. In short, naturescaping refers to landscape design that uses native plants to attract and benefit local wildlife and insects while eliminating the need for toxins such as herbicides and pesticides. This kind of design offers several benefits to its partakers, the local environment and the planet as a whole.
First, naturescaping typically involves less time and money than traditional landscaping. With a naturescaped area, you should not have to invest as much in plants or fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides, as you don’t use these chemical products. That means you can avoid the dangers of chemical runoff.
Additionally, naturescaping tends to attract local animals, birds and insects to your greenspace, providing food and shelter and helping maintain local species. While you may have to spend some time choosing and placing native plants, once your naturescaped area is growing, it typically takes minor effort to maintain, if any. That means you can spend less time keeping your yard looking good and more time enjoying the outdoors.
Not to be overlooked is the benefit to your local environment and the planet, too. A naturescaped yard often doesn’t require a gas-powered lawnmower, which means you produce less air and noise pollution as well.
To find out more benefits of naturescaping and how it could be a smart decision for your home or business, check out the accompanying resource by CHW Professional Consultants.
This infographic was created by CHW, a civil engineering consultancy company