It’s common today for backyard space to be used as an extension of a home’s livable space. Creating an idyllic and cozy outdoor environment can also benefit when it comes time to sell. While there are many functional and financial benefits of maintaining a home’s outdoor space, there are also many health benefits.
The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) recently shared seven reasons why it pays for owners to have an enjoyable backyard.
- Children’s stress levels fall within minutes of seeing green spaces. Knowing and experiencing nature makes us generally happier, healthier people.
- Getting dirty is good for you! Mycobacterium vaccae in soil mirrors the effect on neurons that Prozac provides.
- Residing near living landscapes improves mental health. Research found that people moving to greener areas experiences an immediate improvement in mental health.
- Children gain attention and working memory benefits when they are exposed to greenery. Exposure to natural settings may be widely effective in reducing attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms in children.
- Walking or running in nature, rather than a concrete-oriented, urban environment, resulted in decreased anxiety, rumination and negative affect, and produced cognitive benefits and increased working memory performance. Grass can be 31 degrees cooler than asphalt and 20 degrees cooler than bare soil thanks to the process called evapotranspiration.
- Living landscapes help kids and pets be healthier. Playing outdoors increases fitness levels and builds healthy, active bodies.
- Your lawn produces lots of oxygen– 50 square feet of lawn generates enough oxygen each day for a family of four – and reduces the code red effect since grass removes pollutants from the air we breathe.
OPEI also created an infographic showing the primary benefits of maintaining a home’s green space.