Many people think that landscaping is only important when it comes to improving the appearance of a private property. They may understand the need to invest in such work at home, or appreciate how attractive a new shopping centre looks after it's completed. Yet local streets and highways also need their own beautification and not just for aesthetic purposes. Why is it crucial to engage the services of a landscaper for the next roadway construction project?
Improving the Commute
While streets and highways are certainly functional and must be designed with practicality and safety in mind, they do not have to be boring or even ugly to look at. The daily commute can be challenging enough already, so there's a lot to be said for improving the experience. When all of these streets are transformed into beautiful spaces with their own trees, shrubs, bushes and a variety of different colours and shades, driving along them becomes a far more pleasant task.
Decreasing Lost Drivers
When these areas are properly maintained and all vegetation is carefully managed, this can also make the driving experience less fraught. Otherwise, overgrown trees or bushes could mask the presence of a crucial roadside sign, causing someone to miss a turn.
Remember also that highways will transport visitors through your locality as they progress from one city to the next. If a concerted effort has been made to landscape the highway in your community, this can only create a favourable impression and convince some of these people to return for a subsequent visit.
Cutting down the Speed
It's important to think about safety as well. Streets that have fewer features and less attention to landscaping may in many respects encourage speeding. After all, if there's nothing to look at and less to capture the attention of a motorist, there's little reason to slow down and take extra care.
Also, highly defined sidewalks, well maintained shrubbery and neatly trimmed grass can all help to keep pedestrians in their place and away from fast-moving vehicles.
Checking the Temperature
Finally, when concrete is replaced by vegetation on a significant scale it can certainly help to cut down on the average temperature. It's a well-known fact that city centre temperatures are often several degrees warmer than their rural surroundings and this is due to the proliferation of heat absorbing surfaces. With summer temperatures so high in Australia's big cities, this alone should be a reason to invest in more roadway landscaping!