Trees are the largest living organisms on the planet and even though we primarily plant trees for their beauty or to provide shade, they can also provide many other benefits. Trees absorb carbon dioxide and potentially harmful gasses, such as sulfur dioxide and carbon monoxide, from the air and release oxygen. By caring for your trees, you help reduce pollution, lower home energy costs, improve the appearance of your surrounding and increase your property value. Here are some ways trees can increase the property value of your home and create a more enjoyable outdoor space.
- Savings on your electricity bill: During the summer, trees leaf out which can provide an enormous amount of shade. Especially if mature trees are planted on the South side of the house where the sun is strongest. This can reduce the amount of A/C used, resulting in a lower electric bill. During the winter months, trees are dormant and have dropped all leaves. This will allow for the warm winter sun to pass through the house reducing the need of running the heater as well.
- Create a comfortable outdoor environment: If you like to host small parties or entertain, then having mature trees to enhance the landscape can create a more desirable outdoor space. These trees work well around a patio or deck, around the grill or even bordering the property.
- Privacy and screening: We all know a six-foot privacy fence doesn’t necessarily give you complete privacy. People are still able to see over the top, especially if there is a raised deck or patio on one side. Therefore, planting trees around the fence line for screening can be a great idea. Also, consider planting evergreens to add color and fullness year-round for added privacy.
- Personal play area: Kids love climbing trees and they can be a great alternative to buying a large play set. If there are not any low hanging limbs then consider hanging a tire or tree swing from a structurally sound limb. If it is in your budget then consider building a tree house for the ultimate kid’s playground.
- Increase curb appeal: Well-manicured trees add a wealth of property value to your home and landscape. This will make it easier to sell your home, make your home more appealing and increase property value.
- Plant trees that give back: Most trees are considered ornamental, but there are a wide variety of fruit and nut producing trees that can provide free produce. These trees can help you save on food cost at the grocery store and make your lifestyle more sustainable.
- Sentimental value: Last, but not least, an older tree contains a lot of sentimental value to the property owner or family. If you have ever had a storm come through and break major limbs, or knock down the entire tree, it can be a hard experience to get over. This can result in the loss of a “favorite” tree, especially if it was planted by the property owner 30-50 years before, or a loss of privacy and security.