Friday, February 20, 2009

6 Ways Money Does Grow on Trees

A shady, fragrant spot to rest on a hot afternoon. A peaceful place to hang a hammock. A living jungle gym for children to climb. We all know the priceless benefits trees provide year after year, season after season. But there is more to these natural jewels than just their size and beauty. In these tough economic times, perhaps one of the least expensive long-term investments you can make to your home is to plant a tree. As the tree grows, so does both its aesthetic and practical value. Below are just a few examples of how a landscape complemented by healthy and mature trees is not only beautiful, it's financially smart.

Increases property value- Trees boost more than just curb appeal, they can also significantly boost your property value. According to the USDA Forest Service, mature and healthy trees can add an average of 10 percent to the value of a property. In fact, the Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers estimates the value of a mature tree to be between $1,000 and $10,000.

Increases salability - In today's buyer's market, trees can make all the difference in the salability of your home. A survey conducted by American Forests and Arbor National Mortgage, shows that "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 percentage increases to 98%."

Reduces air conditioning costs- A property planted shade tree can help you combat fast-rising energy costs. Studies have shown that shade trees planted on the west or south side of your home can cut air conditioning costs by up to 15%.

Reduces heating costs – A deciduous tree that cuts cooling costs in the summer can also reduce your cold weather heating bills. The tree will lose its leaves in the fall, allowing the sun to reach and warm your home while also acting as an excellent windbreak.

Cost-effective privacy and sound buffering – Trees are a cost-effective, low-care alternative to expensive, high maintenance fencing. Providing beautiful natural privacy and sound buffering, certain tree varieties can create a "living wall" that requires no painting, and adds color, form, texture and seasonal variation.

Produces fruit and nuts – Fruit and nut producing trees can create an abundant and attractive edible landscape. You'll save money at the supermarket, while also creating a welcoming habitat for birds, butterflies and other wildlife. With a little loving care, fresh, sun-ripened apples, peaches, figs, cherries, almonds and other natural delights can be picked at your pleasure.

Take care of your trees today and you could be planting some more money in your pocket tomorrow. To learn more about protecting and preserving your valuable property investment, visit

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