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Benefits of Landscaping

The economic, environmental and health benefits of landscaping are limitless. With simple, achievable projects, you can have a landscaped space that not only looks great, but also improves the environment around you.

 

Economic Benefits   Environmental Benefits   Health and Wellness Benefits

artboard-137Economic Benefits

  • Air temperatures in a yard planted with shade trees can be up to 6 degrees cooler than an unplanted yard on a hot summer day.
  • Well-placed trees can shade and cool the air above paved areas of a home landscape by up to 25 degrees.
  • A well planned landscape can reduce air conditioning costs by 15-50% and heating costs by 2-8%
  • Effective use of trees and shrubs as windbreaks can cut heating bills by up to 40%.
  • A well-designed and maintained home landscape saves enough energy to pay for itself in less than 8 years.
  • Trees placed on the east and west sides of the property can significantly shade the home and reduce energy costs.
  • A foundation planting of evergreen shrubs 2-3 feet from the foundation acts as an insulating blanket around the home, reducing heating costs.
  • Passive solar heating by deciduous shade trees can reduce heating bills by up to 15%.
  • Shading an air conditioning unit with small trees or large shrubs can increase its efficiency by up to 10% (be sure to leave plenty of space for good ventilation).
  • Home landscapes boost property values.
  • Trees, shrubs and flowers improve curb appeal, improving home sales
  • By lowering energy costs, plants contribute to an increased expendable income.
  • One 25-foot tree can reduce your heating/cooling costs by up to 10%.
  • Great landscaping can increase real estate’s appraised value by 8-15%.
  • A house with trees is as much as 20% more saleable.

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artboard-138Environmental Benefits

  • Ornamental plants combat climate change by absorbing carbon from the atmosphere. A single 10-year-old tree can absorb 48 pounds of carbon per year.
  • Trees also reduce the “greenhouse effect” (C02 increases) by shading buildings, reducing energy usage and decreasing fossil fuel consumption.
  • Trees and shrubs reduce air pollutants, including ozone, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxides, cadmium, lead, nickel and chromium.
  • Well-planned and maintained landscapes filter dust and other pollutants out of rainwater.
  • Plants purify the air of smoke, dust and other pollutants.
  • Indoor plants remove organic, volatile chemicals from the indoor air.
  • Trees and shrubs purify toxic soils.
  • A well-designed and maintained home landscape reduces erosion, sediment losses and storm water runoff. A 5% increase of tree cover reduces erosion by 2%.
  • Plants reduce noise pollution by absorbing sound.
  • Trees, shrubs and flowers create habitats for beneficial wildlife, reducing the need for pesticides.
  • Trees and shrubs feed, attract and sustain essential pollinators.
  • One fast-growing forest tree can absorb up to 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per annum.

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artboard-139Health and Wellness Benefits

  • Gardening is a great source of exercise, burning calories, building muscle mass, maintaining bone density, reducing blood pressure and obesity etc.
  • Gardening reduces incidences of diabetes and childhood obesity.
  • Plants reduce mental fatigue, increase concentration and increase productivity.
  • Gardening contributes to physical, emotional and psychological healing. Women recover from breast cancer faster when they garden.
  • Gardening activities reduce depression and stress.
  • Gardening is a great rehab tool, for physical injury, surgery, and drug and alcohol abuse.
  • Gardening reduces symptoms of dementia.
  • Gardening improves community involvement and neighborhood well being.
  • Plants improve our outdoor living spaces, connecting us with nature and enriching our lives.
  • Just five minutes of exercise in a green nature setting can boost mood and self-esteem.

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Sources: Energy.gov, Urbanforestrynetwork.org, epa.gov, greenplantsforgreenbuilding.org

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