Here in Ridgewood, gardens are an essential aspect of any good home. Sure, the property is nice — but what is the landscaping like? When we think of reaping the benefits of green space, the first things that come to mind are often dramatic panoramas of rolling pastures, lush forests, and green mountains. But the truth is, you don't need miles and miles of pristine alpine wilderness to get the full value of a living landscape. All you need is a yard or a patch of garden.
It can be tempting to pass off this responsibility to the gardening experts and have someone tend to your lawn and flowers for you. But give it a try yourself. Even if you live in a neighborhood where homes are quite close together, there are many ways to turn your home into a lush oasis. Once you experience the seemingly endless advantages of cultivating your own living landscape, you might just discover a green thumb you never knew you had!
You Can Improve Your Fitness
You might not notice it while you're enjoying digging in the dirt and creating your masterpiece, but you're actually getting a good amount of exercise! From digging and weeding to carrying pots of soil and bags of mulch, the amount of movement involved in gardening is enough for most people to see noticeable increases in strength.
You Might Start Eating Healthier
Once you've put in the work of growing your own fruits or vegetables, you'll want to enjoy your creations. Incorporating this nutritious fare into your meals will be ultra-convenient and in some cases, can even save you money.
You Can Increase Your Home's Value
Curb appeal is one of the most important factors to consider when selling your home, simply because it will determine viewers' first impression of your home. This will set the mood for the rest of the showing. If you put as much effort as you can into the exterior of your home, you'll be able to enjoy it while keeping it in top condition should you decide to sell. Not sure where to start? A walk around Ridgewood should give you plenty of inspiration.
You Can Continue Year-Round
All you need to gain the benefits of gardening are a few plants! Maintain an indoor windowsill garden in the winter or add holly and evergreens to your home's exterior. Bringing the green in can spruce up your home and make it feel fresh, lively, and invigorating even when everything outside your doors is blanketed in snow.
What motivates you to do your own gardening? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!