Recent studies have shown that the presence of landscaping can increase property value anywhere from 10-20%. This is especially true when trees are a prominent feature of the landscape job. This is an obvious benefit for people who are thinking about selling their homes in the near future, but what are the benefits of landscaping for people who have no plans of leaving their Outer Banks home any time soon? We have taken a look and found some surprising results.
Plant a tree to save on your energy bills
We have all enjoyed the shade that a tree provides on a hot day. This shade will also affect the cooling of your home. A tree planted on the west side of your home can lower your energy bills by 3% in 5 years.In 15 years, the savings will be closer to 12%. Heating costs will also be reduced, due to the windfall that a tree provides. This should be incentive enough to plant a tree today.
Landscaping is a Healthy Habit
45 minutes spent gardening can burn as many calories as 30 minutes of aerobics. Weeding for an hour can burn as many calories as a moderate walk of the same duration, and using a push mower can burn the same amount of calories as playing tennis. In addition to these physical benefits, the fruits and vegetables that you are growing will be healthy and delicious.
Many studies have found a direct correlation between the presence of plants and increased productivity. This is true both with indoor plants, and exterior landscaping. Simply looking at a tree can reduce stress in as little as 5 minutes. So, if you find that your motivation or productivity is lacking, plant a tree, buy a plant, or contact a landscaper to find the best option.
There are so many benefits to having trees, a garden, or a landscaped yard. Many of our Outer Banks neighbors have all three. If you want to get in on these benefits, reach out to professional landscaper or tree care specialist. You will be glad you did!