Did you know that a well-landscaped yard with mature trees can increase the value of a home by 7 to 19 percent (and up to 25 percent when the
entire street is tree-lined!)? What about a nice lawn and pretty flowers? Nope, they didn’t make a difference in the bottom line…at all. But mature trees (that enhance curb appeal and provide privacy) have been shown to increase the sale price and decrease the time it takes to sell a property. That’s like inventing an ice cream that’s delicious and makes you lose weight!
Speaking of health benefits, mature trees are laden with those too! According to Canopy, an organization concerned with preserving urban forests, trees clean the air by producing oxygen. They also “intercept airborne particulates, reduce smog, remove greenhouse gases from our atmosphere, and lower ambient temperatures.”
Access to trees, green spaces, and parks promotes greater physical activity, which in turn, reduces stress and improves the quality of life. Studies show that urban vegetation slows heartbeats, lowers blood pressure, and relaxes brain wave patterns. And people walk and jog more on shady streets, which encourages interaction with neighbors and improves the sense of community.
According to Canopy “a tree is a natural air conditioner. The evaporation from a single tree can produce the cooling effect of ten room-size, residential air conditioners operating 20 hours a day.” In fact, in Palo Alto, CA, summer temperatures are at least 6 to 8 degrees lower than in comparable neighborhoods without trees.
Trees aren’t only a benefit during summer months. Tree windbreaks can reduce residential heating costs 10-15 percent; while shading and evaporative cooling from trees can cut residential air-conditioning costs 20-50 percent.
And here’s another stat for you – a Clemson University study found that homeowners get a 100 percent or more return on the money they put into landscaping. Now, that’s a good – and green – investment!
Lara Taylor – Realtor/Broker
Twitter – @AskForLara