Have you ever considered the value of landscaping – both to your home and the environment?
Consider the following:
- Landscaping can add up to 15% to a home’s value. (Gallup)
- Homes with “excellent” landscaping can expect a sale price about 6 to 7% higher than equivalent homes with “good” landscaping, while improving landscaping from “average” to “good” can result in a 4 to 5 % increase. (Clemson University)
- Landscaping can bring a recovery value of 100 to 200% at selling time which compares favorably with kitchens (75% to 125%), bathrooms (20% to 120%) and swimming pools (20% to 50%). (Money Magazine.)
- In one study, 99% of real estate appraisers concluded that landscaping enhances the sales appeal of real estate.
- Effective landscaping can reduce air conditioning costs by up to 50% by shading the windows and walls of a home. (American Public Power Association)
- Trees can reduce bothersome noise by up to 50% and can mask unwanted noises with pleasant sounds. (US Environmental Protection Agency)
- Trees can reduce temperatures by as much as 9 degrees Fahrenheit. (American Forests)
- Plants protect water quality. Proper landscaping reduces nitrate leaching from the soil into the water supply. Plants also reduce surface runoff, keeping phosphorus and other pollutants out of waterways.
- Urban forests reduce air temperatures significantly by shading buildings, concrete, and asphalt, as well as returning humidity to the air. Trees shading your home can reduce attic temperatures as much as 40 degrees (Environmental Protection Agency)
- Less soil erosion. Soil covered with plants and mulch holds soil in place, keeping sediment out of streams, lakes, storm drains, ponds, and improves water quality.
- Improving air quality. One tree can remove 26 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere annually, equaling the amount of carbon dioxide produced by driving 11,000 miles. Landscape plants and turf also remove smoke, dust, and other pollutants from the air.