Advantages and Disadvantages of Building a Garden
If you own a home, you probably notice that the land your house is built on is not all house. There are some areas that are blank. These items are left to your imagination as to what purpose it will serve. It is a shame, really, because there is a lot of things you can do with these blank spaces.
Some of the most common things people create out of these blank spaces are concrete patios, pergolas, ponds just to name a few. However, one thing that is more often built than anything else is a garden full of lush greens and colorful flowers and ornaments.
If everybody is building a garden, it does not automatically mean that you have to build one for yourself in your house as well. Like anything else, it is still your decision and like any decision you must weigh the pros and cons of your decision.
Some people may think that a garden is the most obvious decisions but there are some real concerns that you need to think of when you want to convert that empty patch of dirt in your backyard.
One major concern that comes with building a garden is all of the responsibility that comes with it. A garden requires a lot of attention, especially, when you consider a concrete patio instead. A concrete patio only requires you to wash it from time to time, but a garden need you to water it, give it nutrients and, sometimes, replant and prune. Definitely hard work, if you consider that you are not getting paid to do it.
The cost of filling in the empty space in your home should also play a big part in your decision on what to use on that blank canvas you call your home. A garden can be less expensive to make if you choose the right kind of plants. Plants can cover more area cheaply compared to concrete but a garden requires continues maintenance and resources. If you want something that does not require you an immediate large payout and spreads out the costs through a longer period of time, then a garden is the way to go.
Another advantage to having a garden is having the opportunity to express your own sense of style. Landscaping is like any art form. You choose a media, in this case it is plants and the ground, and then you decide where to place the elements to create an overall design. If done correctly, you can create a beautiful garden that can rival any painting out there.
The disadvantage to building a garden as your means of self expression is that you are severely tied down by its horticultural needs. You cannot just place any plant anywhere. These plants have specific needs, such as amount of sun and drainage, and as such need to be placed in areas that will help fill those needs.
Planting a garden is also a great way to increase the value of your home. Statistics show that home buyer look to buy houses with good looking gardens because they are able to connect with it better. It also adds to the beauty of the house which in turn makes it more expensive.
The downside to having a garden is that it can lead to expensive repairs. The roots of trees are known to go under houses and cause uneven floors, or even damage to its foundation. Leaves falling into drains have also caused drainage problems as well as roofing leaks. Furthermore, termites love to live in gardens because they often eat plant matter. In some cases, these termites infect the home after being attracted by the garden and, as a result cost the homeowner thousands of dollars in extermination fees.
These are just some of the advantages of growing a garden in your home. Talk to a licensed landscaper today and see for yourself if a garden is right for you and your family.