Practical Landscaping is a trend that you will see more and more homeowners leaning towards in the days ahead. For a long time, the trend in America was landscaping of well trimmed grass with a few shrubs or trees. People wanted curb appeal, or low maintenance. However, the Mediterranean style of landscaping has been starting to take hold in America, and soon, people will want landscaping that is as practical as it is beautiful.
In the Mediterranean, people tend to live much like their fathers and their fathers before them stretching all the way back to antiquity. Curb appeal wasn’t a concern in ancient Greece. Instead, people focused on more practical landscaping. Landscaping that they could eat, or use to protect their property, whether it be from natural forces, or other people.
Sure, having a few mature fruit trees in your yard is nice, but edible landscaping goes so much further then that. Edible landscaping means choosing attractive plants that happen to have another purpose.
For example, rosemary is a beautiful shrub that not only is used in cooking, and repelling mosquito’s, it also looks great around doors or under windows.
Climbers like grape vines, or Malabar spinach looks amazing over a pergola, and provides food.
Succulents like aloe can be eaten (and have high levels of antioxidants), used as medicine, and even protect your home from fires.
Practical Landscaping Can Protect Your Home
The proper landscaping design can protect your home from fire, floods or even burglars.
If you live in an area where wildfires are a real concern, you can design your landscaping to create firebreaks between your home and outlying areas. Hardscaping can keep burning materials away from your home, and water rich vegetation like succulents can add an extra layer of protection.
Creating dry riverbed features that drain water away from your home and to water hungry plants can protect your home from flooding or water intrusion, and make a great looking, unique landscaping arrangement.
Landscaping can also keep unwanted guests from your home. A river rock path around the perimeter of your home can make getting to close to your home a noisy enough affair to alert your household pets. Additionally, cacti and thorny plants placed under windows can make burglars decide to look for an easier mark.
Of course, practical landscaping can also provide shade to lower your cooling bills. Properly placed trees and hedges can provide privacy. Landscaping can also be used to aid in pest control.
Overall, Landscapers today have to think beyond curb appeal or simple maintenance when designing landscaping for a property. People today want more out of every facet of their lives, and their property is someplace where they can get so much more.
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