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Investing wisely in Landscaping

Landscaping Increases Property Value
Most home renovation investments cannot be fully recovered, however, landscaping can bring a recovery value of 100 to 200 percent at selling time. Kitchen remodeling brings a 75 to 125 percent recovery rate, bathroom remodeling a 20 to 120 percent recovery rate, and an addition of a swimming pool a 20 to 50 percent recovery rate. Source: Money Magazine.

Landscaping can add between 7 and 15 percent to a home's value. Source: The Gallup Organization.

Homes with "excellent" landscaping can expect a sale price about 6 to 7 percent higher than equivalent houses with "good" landscaping. Improving landscaping from "average" to "good" can result in a 4 to 5 percent increase. Source: Clemson University.

A mature tree can often have an appraised value of between $1,000 and $10,000. Source: Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers.

In one study, 99% of real estate appraisers concurred that landscaping enhances the sales appeal of real estate. Source: Trendnomics, National Gardening Association.

In one study, 83% of Realtors believe that mature trees have a "strong or moderate impact" on the salability of homes listed for under $150,000; on homes over $250,000, this perception increases to 98%. Source: American Forests, Arbor National Mortgage.

Read more at:
Landscaping: The Artful Investment
Value in Landscaping
Good Landscaping Enhances Home Value

Landscaping Reduces Your Utility Cost
The proper placement of trees can save you money on your energy costs. A single urban tree can provide up to $273 a year in air conditioning, pollution fighting, erosion and storm water control, and wildlife shelter benefits. Source: American Forests.

Landscaping can reduce air conditioning costs by up to 50 percent, by shading the windows and walls of a home. Source: American Public Power Association.

Trees can reduce bothersome noise by up to 50 percent and can mask unwanted noises with pleasant sounds. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Trees can reduce temperatures by as much as nine degrees Fahrenheit. Source: American Forests.

Landscaping Done Well Simplifies Maintenance
A properly planned garden will reduce maintenance costs. Not only is the selection of the “right plant for the right place” very important, but the shape and contours of planting beds and the selection of construction elements are critical to reducing garden maintenance.

Read more at:
Low Maintenance Landscaping
The Low Maintenance Landscape
Fundamentals of a Low Maintenance, Integrated Pest Management Approach to Landscape Design
Designing a Low Maintenace Landscape

Landscaping Enhances Lifestyle and Environment
Adding or improving an attractive and useful “outdoor room?can dramatically enhance the lifestyle of your family and the physical and aesthetic environment of your home and garden. An attractive landscape plays an important role in reducing stress. Careful planning can provide you with privacy and reduce noise pollution.

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?The Landscape: Its Underlying Value
The Benefits of Plants and Landscaping
Trees Reduce Noise Pollution and Create Wildlife and Plant Diversity

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