Unlike a kitchen or bathroom renovation that depreciates over time, a garden will grow in value as it becomes more established with each passing year. Here are our top 5 reasons why you should renovate your garden before your kitchen or bathroom.
1. Add up to 18% to your home value
Gardens are highly valued amongst homebuyers. Inner Melbourne properties with notable landscaped gardens can sell for 18% more than those without, especially if the property is located in a suburb where greenery and space is scarce.
2. Maintain physical health
Being healthy generally means eating well and exercising more. Gardens can help improve both of these aspects. By dedicating an area of your garden to a veggie patch, you can grow your own organic vegetables. Gardening is also a good form of exercise as it forces us to ditch the sedentary life on the couch. The more we move and use our body now, the better quality of life we will maintain as we age. Gardening is especially good for keeping our hands agile and strong.
3. Keep a healthy brain
A longitudinal study on almost 3000 Australian men and woman found that daily gardening reduced the risk of dementia by 36%. Another study found this risk reduction was as much as 47%.
4. Become happier
Not only does gardening make you relax, it will also brighten your mood. Soil contains a microbe which has been shown to have antidepressant properties in humans. This bacteria is absorbed into our bloodstream via inhalation or ingestion on vegetables and results in increased levels of serotonin- the feel good hormone. A lack of serotonin has been linked to increased anxiety, depression and a variety of other mental health issues.
5. The benefits of biophilia
The natural bond humans have with living systems is explained by the biophilia hypothesis, coined by E. O. Wilson. Connecting with nature sets into motion processes deep within the body that make us mentally and physically stronger. Numerous studies have shown that hospital patients who see greenery outside their window recover faster than those who face a brick wall. Due to technology, we are spending more time away from nature than ever before. Building up a beautiful garden to maintain will allow you to reconnect with nature and receive all of these benefits.