Outside Benefits of Landscaping and More.
Many families take vacations to national parks and other landmarks to refresh, rejuvenate, and reconnect with each other and with nature. This is especially important this summer after coming out of a pandemic that kept many people indoors — whether they wanted to be or not.
But did you know that you don’t have to pack the kids in the car and drive for miles to get a good dose of the outdoors? You can create your own backyard nature center with a little initiative and helpful tips from local gardening and landscape pros. You’ll reap all the benefits of spending time outdoors — you just don’t have to go as far to get them!
According to an article in YaleEnvironment360, studies in ecopsychology show that spending time in nature leads to many benefits, including reduced stress, better overall physical and mental health, and reduced blood pressure. Taking time to enjoy trees and other plants may also lessen aggression and reduce feelings of isolation for some people. Research proves that the benefits of spending time in nature add up for those who take the time and make an effort to get outside.
Backyard Clean-Up Made Easy
At Small Haul Containers, we realize that one of the things that often holds up a landscaping project is the clean-up involved afterward. That’s where we come in. Our dumpster rentals in Kansas City are the perfect solution when it comes to getting rid of old landscape debris. Turf, weeds, broken bricks and paving stones, dead trees and shrubs — all this and much more can be easily disposed of in one of our roll-off dumpsters. So don’t worry about the clean-up! We have that covered.
Ideas for Your Backyard Nature Space
To get you started imagining the possibilities for your backyard oasis, we’ve compiled a few of our favorite landscape trends for this year. See which ones speak to you. Then visit our website for more information about renting a dumpster for the project.
Outdoor Living Spaces
Due to factors associated with the coronavirus pandemic, many homeowners in large cities are fleeing those cities for suburbs or more rural areas. Thirty-somethings are high in this category as they move their home office — which, for some, has become permanent — to a larger, quieter home on a larger lot. This presents an opportunity to sculpt outdoor living spaces.
Outdoor living rooms are quite popular. With the right landscaping and furniture, homeowners can create an outdoor living room that’s every bit as functional and comfortable as the one inside. Nature time is easily accessible and, therefore, more likely to occur when there’s a comfortable place in which to enjoy it.
Outdoor showers are becoming popular, especially with homeowners who have a pool. They’re also ideal, though, for those who do their own gardening and lawn care or who enjoy sunbathing or other outdoor activities. Rinsing off outdoors is refreshing and keeps dirt and grass clippings from coming indoors. An outdoor shower is suitable for rinsing sweaty clothes, too!
Last but not least, outdoor kitchens are still favored by many. They’re especially popular with families that like to cook out or host friends and family for outdoor events. An outdoor kitchen extends the usefulness of the indoor version, providing additional functionality, refrigeration space, and clean-up capabilities.
Small Space Gardening
Not everyone can just pick up and move to the suburbs, though. According to the National Garden Bureau, 40% of consumers over the age of 35 said they do not feel they have enough space for gardening. For them, small space gardening may be the answer to the call of the wild.
Small space gardening requires a different perspective. Vertical gardens can be built on the house or garage wall or hung on a backyard fence. Planting boxes hold vegetables and flowers and create a lovely focal point in the yard. Balcony gardens are increasingly more popular as apartment and condo dwellers realize the benefits of being outdoors. Pots filled with brightly colored flowers beautify the space. Small portable or raised garden beds are easily attainable and are perfect for smaller spaces. Even adding a few plants to a windowsill helps to bring the outdoors inside.
Another trend that we like is naturescaping. Many homeowners are embracing a more natural backyard environment, one conducive to attracting pollinators and supporting local wildlife. Beds of native wildflowers provide color throughout the summer while feeding butterflies, hummingbirds, and bumblebees. Native plants and grasses are easy to grow because they’re in their natural climate, and many are low-maintenance, as well. Some homeowners are even going so far as to put in a water conservation system, using captured rainwater to water flower beds. Composting is also popular, turning kitchen food scraps into food for the soil.
Here’s How to Rent a Dumpster for Your Landscape Project
Ready to start your backyard landscape project? Small Haul Containers makes renting a dumpster quick and easy. Visit our website to check the availability of the right-sized dumpster for the job. Not sure how to pick the right size? Give us a call, and we’ll talk you through it. Once your dumpster is reserved, we bring it out on the appointed day and leave it in your driveway. When the rental period is over, we come back and pick it up. It’s that easy!
Get started on your new backyard oasis today. And leave the project clean-up to us.