A curious trend has emerged in recent years within the landscape design scene. From the weeds, a trend of wellness has emerge, with land owners increasingly demanding for designs that deliver health benefits to people. As a result, soft and natural elements have swiftly risen in popularity. Why exactly do such landscape elements deliver the health and wellness that people seek?
In this article, we will be exploring the age-old connection that we humans have with nature and what we gained from be in and around it.
Deprivation of Nature
From a logical standpoint, humans being living beings were once fully immerse in nature. Over time, we would have developed various technologies and built villages, then towns and finally cities, completing our journey towards urbanisation. Yet, deep within us, many of our systems and senses long for nature. This is what makes parks such a desirable place to spend time at within the city.
Long Working Hours
For most of us who work long hours at a desk, our mind and body is deprived of any interaction with nature during the day. Instead, we spend the majority of our time on electronic devices and fully man-made environments.
Beyond not having access to freshly produced oxygen, being placed indoors also has an effect on our mind. Rather than seeing shapes resembling nature’s seamless appearance, most indoor spaces have stringent and formal shapes. This fatigues and stresses us over time.
Reliving our Body and Mind
This is why having easy access to natural landscapes has now caught the attention of many employees and employers alike. With the ability to quickly access such spaces, employees are able to destress, recharge and allow their body time to heal.
To meet such needs, urban gardens, parks and smaller green spaces are being incorporated into cities. This includes features such as flower beds, hedges, grass patches, feature trees, water fountains and stone paths.
By spending short periods of even just 15 minutes in such spaces, employees are able to reconnect with nature and reset their body. You would be surprised at how much more energisers workers are once they return to their seat after a visit to a company’s garden.
Maintaining the Landscape
Yet, green spaces do not come free of costs. Instead, being one that consists of living breathing natural materials or components, it is subject to a whole range of threats. This is where landscape maintenanceis critical for ensuring that the space does not deteriorate.
Landscape maintenance includes plant health care such as fertilizer application, pest control, disease treatment and pruning. All of which are necessary to kept threats such as pests and decay at bay. Furthermore, landscape maintenance also ensures that the aesthetic value of the landscape does not deteriorate.