At James River Nurseries, we understand adding to the curb appeal of a property is only a small part of what landscaping offers in the way of benefits. There is a term, biophilia, which means we as humans are drawn toward, and have an affinity for nature. The hypothesis regarding biophilia "suggests that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connection with nature and other forms of life."
Studies have indicated this innate tendency to seek connection with nature actually offers a wide variety of health benefits for both the body and the mind.
One research group analyzed over 140 studies involving more than 290 million people to see if there really was a connection between being outside and better health.
According to their research, they found that "spending time in, or living close to, natural green spaces is associated with diverse and significant benefits. It reduces the risk of type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, premature death, and preterm birth, and increases sleep duration. People living closer to nature also had reduced diastolic blood pressure, heart rate and stress. In fact, one of the really interesting things (we) found is that exposure to greenspace significantly reduces people's levels of cortisol - a physiological marker of stress."
Architects as well as landscape architects have popularized the term biophilic design, "a concept used within the building industry to increase occupant connectivity to the natural environment through the use of direct nature, indirect nature, and space and place condition."
At James River Nurseries, we believe in the work we do! Not only because of the aesthetic beauty we are able to add to an outdoor space, but because we understand there is so much more to the services we offer!
At James River Nurseries, we are deeply committed to safety on our jobsites, and maintaining a clean and organized site is central to our ability to adhere to that committment.
There are several benefits to maintaining a clean construction site including reducing fall hazards, reducing risk of accidents, allowing workers to move around the jobsite more freely and creating a more efficient environment to get the job done.
In addition to those benefits, we believe maintaining a clean jobsite demonstrates our level of professionalism as well as the pride we have in our work. It takes effort to keep a clean site throughout the workday, but the effort is well worth it, especially since it creates a safer environment for everyone entering the jobsite.
Native plants are plants indigenous to a given location, have developed naturally and existed for many years. In general terms, most define native plants as those that existed prior to European colonization.
There are many reasons to consider using native plants as part of your landscape design. Some reasons benefit you, others benefit the ecosytem in which they exist.
Benefits to the Owner: Because native plants have developed in the region, they have grown accustomed to the regional conditions. This includes the type of soil found in a particular area as well as the "normal" weather conditions of a region including rainfall amounts and temperatures. They also have built up more resistance to the insects and plant diseases found in a particular region. Once native plants are established in your landscape, they're easier and less costly to maintain, requiring less watering and fertilization. Also, native plants are hardy and therefore you tend to lose less of these plants.
Benefits to the Environment: Native plants play a vital role in the ecosystem in which they exist by interacting with the overall plant and animal community. In this ecosystem, the plants and animals support one anther. When an area is cleared for new development for example, the ecological balance is thrown off-kilter by removing native plant material that other plants and wildlife depend on for survival. By making a conscious effort to replace some of these plants, we can help restore balance to the system.
At James River Nurseries, we strive to be good stewards of the earth, and utilizing native plants is an easy way for all of us to promote the health of our regional ecosystem!
Watch out standalone barbecue grill, the outdoor kitchen is on your heels! For years, the outdoor kitchen has been gaining traction, and there appears to be no slowing of that trend. Today more than ever, homeowners are looking for ways to maximize the function of their outdoor space, and an outdoor kitchen is the perfect addition for those who enjoy being outside entertaining family & friends.
At James River Nurseries, we're ready to help design/build the outdoor kitchen of your dreams! Built-in grill, counter space large enough for food prep, refrigerator, wine cooler, pizza oven, bar seating, you name, we can help!
With decades of collective experience, our experts can assist in creating a functional layout as well as help you select the materials and appliances in order to create the perfect space for you and your family.
If you'd like an outdoor kitchen in your back yard, give us a call, we'd be happy to help!
When it comes to selecting your hardscape contractor, experience and expertise matter! With decades of collective experience and individuals on staff who are ICPI certified, you can rest easy when selecting James River Nurseries to handle your hardscape project.
If you're thinking about a new patio, walkway, driveway, retaining wall, outdoor fireplace, or even a full outdoor kitchen, James River Nurseries has the knowledge, skill and equipment needed to get the job done. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
For inspiration on your project, please visit our Residential Hardscapes photo gallery and be sure to check out this short video.