The best way to increase your property value, create curb appeal, and invite wildlife is to plant a simple tree. Trees offer many wonderful benefits besides their beauty.
- By planting a tree on your property one can increase the home’s property value by as much as 20%.
- They help to reduce heating and air-conditioning by as much as 50 percent.
- They remove CO2 from the air, produce oxygen and give birds a home.
- Planting a tree means improved water quality, less runoff, and erosion.
But the best reason to plant a tree is to commemorate a special time or place in your life. Planting a special tree in honor of a birth or death is a wonderful gift not just to Mother Earth, but those who witness and watch the living and breathing representation grow year after year — many times surpassing our very own lives.
When a tree is planted correctly it will grow twice as fast and live twice as long. For the best results plant new trees in the spring or the fall. When selecting your tree it’s okay to be a novice! Simply speak with your garden center professionals to determine the best variety of trees to fit your space; let them know your soil conditions, the amount of sunlight, and how big you want them to grow. You will be on your way in no time.
Do your homework, research and ask lots of questions, and then make sure you enjoy the process — it’s the sMARt thing to do this season.