Dear Monica: I want to landscape my property but am concerned that the high cost would not be a good investment. Do you think that gardens add value to a property? Beth G.
Dear Beth: Gardens definitely do add value to a property but more than that, a beautiful garden is something you can enjoy while you live there. It is your own private paradise, providing respite from the hectic pace of the outside world. A garden can also make you more aware of life in the natural world. You can watch the birds, squirrels, and insects as they visit your space and witness the benefits they provide. If you have a vegetable garden, you can watch edible plants grow and harvest them when they are ready to eat. This will bring you much pleasure.
Good landscaping can be expensive but it does add to the use, enjoyment and value of your property.