A GREENER garden could be the key to adding value to your home – as 57% of Brits pay more for a home with lush greenery.
Property seekers are primarily looking for a well-kept front yard, 62% state that it makes a property attractive – ahead of other factors such as the condition of the roof (50%) or the walls (47%).
Britons with increasingly green thumbs could also look to nature to ensure their home stands out, as nearly two-thirds of homeowners worry about losing the greenery in their gardens.
And those who invest their time in gardening are likely to reap the benefits, as three-quarters said they prefer natural grass to artificial alternatives.
But being green isn’t easy for everyone, as a lack of knowledge about plants (26%), too much physical commitment (21%) and lack of time (19%) are among the barriers to adding more natural greenery to gardens.
However, more than three-quarters (77%) are willing to change their gardening habits, with almost half ready to create more wildlife habitat.
While four in ten want to invest in planting native plants and more than a third would introduce more natural greenery such as lawns, shrubs and trees.
The study of 2,000 adults who own a home with a yard found that seven out of 10 tend to their own yard, with growing flowers, watering plants and mowing the lawn among their favorite pastimes.
The study, commissioned by Honda UK Power Equipment, also found that the pandemic has changed views on gardening, with more than a third more interested in the pastime than before March 2020.
The typical homeowner spends an average of 168 minutes – almost three hours – a week in their garden during the spring and summer months.
And far from being a fair-weather gardener, they still maintain a 102-minute weekly routine between September and February.
It has also been found that gardens have become a central part of everyday life as homeowners enjoy relaxing (67%), entertaining friends and family (39%), eating (36%) and their pets (24%) to keep outside.
And more than seven in 10 believe gardening improves their mental health.
Garden designer and RHS Chelsea Flower Show gold winner Kate Gould said: “Gardens are the natural richness of a property and create the first and last impression for potential buyers.
“When a garden has beautifully manicured greenery, it is far more likely to attract attention.
“With so many man-made alternatives on offer that don’t always reduce maintenance, a green space can quickly lose its appeal.
“We must not forget the role our green spaces play beyond aesthetics.
“It’s about balancing practicality with the common goal of not forgetting nature.”
But while one in five of those surveyed via OnePoll cited mowing the lawn as the most time-consuming part of maintaining their lawn, more than three in 10 would enjoy gardening more if they had technology to assist.
Steve Morris, Head of Power Equipment at Honda, who commissioned the study to highlight its Miimo autonomous robotic lawnmower, said: “We know life is busier than ever and that often stops us from greening a garden to keep.
“But the technology is on our side.
“Through intuitive features like full autonomy, auto-loading and micro-mulching, technology can take some of those time-consuming tasks off our hands, so we can focus on what we love about gardens – even if that’s just relaxing in one.”
Garden designer Kate Gould shares her top tips for greening your garden
- Add greenery that lasts year-round to create a backbone of structure that will add interest to even the dullest of winter months.
- Plant with regard to pollinating insects. Not only do these plants look (and often smell) wonderful, they will also be beneficial to the planet.
- Create a real lawn. No comparison to artificial.
- Planting trees is one of the easiest ways to add greenery to a space, and their presence adds tremendously to the visual appreciation of our outdoor spaces.
- Consider planting herbs and lettuce plants in plants near your kitchen or grill. They provide a fresh source for cutting and harvesting all summer long.
- Take care of your health when gardening. Raised beds are a great choice for young people, the elderly, or those with limited mobility.
- Plant with a warmer planet in mind; Palms, cycads, and other tropical plants add texture and interest year-round.
- Taking care of and caring for your plants has been shown to benefit you too, so water and fertilize, prune and tidy up and you’ll be all the better for you.
- Consider permeable surfaces to aid water drainage. Gravel not only looks beautiful but is also inexpensive to install.
- Take time to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Gardening is hard work, so relaxing and unwinding in the space you create is time to be appreciated.
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