Minnesota Lawn And Landscaping Design and Maintenance
For homeowners thinking of sprucing up their homes this spring, a good place to start is by focusing on their lawn and landscape. In fact, your next home improvement project may be as simple as planting a tree. All of the benefits a tree provide increase as the size and maturity of the tree increases.
A Healthy Tree Is A Long-Term Investment
Trees are one of the most valuable investments a homeowner can make. Why? It’s not only a way to spruce up your curb appeal, but also a way to save money and add value. Trees are also vitally important to us. Not only do they provide oxygen, shade and scenery; apparently money really does grow on trees! You’ll reap the biggest dividends if you take the time to get your young tree off to the best start by planting and caring for it correctly. So what better time to get planting than in the spring?
Trees not only up your neighborhood status – it’s true, looks matter – which has a direct effect on your property’s value, but they can also keep your utility bills down and personal energy up. Check out a few benefits you may not have even considered that will leave more than your yard green.
1. Curb Appeal – Trees in the front yard add character and appeal to your home and neighborhood while increasing their value.
2. Shade – Carefully positioned trees on the east and west sides of your home can save you money by reducing summertime electric bills.
3. Winter Wind Block – Trees planted on the north and northwest sides of your home can protect your house from the cold winter winds and reduce heating bills.
4. Environment – The trees around your house filter the air, trap carbon dioxide and produce oxygen in return.
And, if you’re more of a direct results person, a study published in the New York Economic Review, says mature trees are found to add an average of 3.1% to home prices and reduce their time on the market by 7.3%. That means, if you follow NAR’s 2011 existing home sales data, trees increase the average home’s listing price by as much as $6,634, or from $214,000 to $220,634. They also shave off close to four days from the average selling time of eight weeks.
Taking it a step further, the study says general landscaping, on average, reduces the time a house sits by 21% – more than a week off market time – and ups the selling price by 2.5% – an increase of more than $5,000.
And, perhaps the most astonishing number: Trees along three of four property lines cut a home’s time on the market in half. That can save more than a month or an entire mortgage payment.
So, when you’re making your “spring cleaning” list, don’t forget money really DOES grow on trees! And, if you’re not sure where to start, plug your ZIP code in on the Arbor Day Foundation’s Hardiness Zone map to find out which species will help grow your green this spring.
When you look at your house’s front lawn, do you feel there’s anything you may need to change to really make it look more appealing? Perhaps you feel your grass isn’t as healthy as you’d like it to be or you feel there should be more shrubs or trees around the front of your house to make it look more naturally beautiful in its surroundings. Or maybe you would like to fix up your driveway, patio or sidewalks as it may be leaving an unattractive scar on the landscape surrounding your home.
Lawn and landscaping are merely plants, trees and grass. But put them in the care of the Lawn Care Company and they become the frame that sets your home or building apart and turns it into a stunning masterpiece! We want to hear your vision and create a landscape design that meets your approval, and then turn it into a reality!