With National Arbor Day just around the corner on April 24, it’s the perfect time to convince clients to add trees to their landscaping. Although trees are undeniably a beautiful addition to any outdoor space, they don’t just help screen out unsightly views. Consider sharing some of the other benefits trees provide with your customers.
Cleaner water. Although just about anyone can tell you about how beneficial trees are to promoting clean air, americanforests.org says having clean water is also a result of trees, as forests act as natural reservoirs and stormwater management systems that increase groundwater and moderate runoff.
Energy and water conservation. Strategically placing trees around the home can reduce air conditioning needs during the summer by as much as 50 percent, particularly when used on the south and west sides of the home. The shade the trees provide can also slow evaporation from the lawns they cover, reducing the need to water. If deciduous trees are included, they will allow the rays of the sun to pass through the trees and warm the home during colder months. Using evergreens on the north side can serve as a windbreak.
Resale value. Trees can go a long way toward improving a home’s value when it’s time to sell. Landscaping that includes healthy, mature trees can add between 10 and 20 percent to a home’s property values.
Community impact. Neighborhoods with lots of trees statistically are subject to lower crime, and also have less aggressive drivers. The presence of trees also boosts concentration in school-age children, as well as providing a place to play.
Prolonged life. A 2013 study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine linked increased heart and respiratory disease to areas where trees had disappeared. Using data from more than 15 states over nearly two decades, found a higher number of deaths in treeless areas affected by pest infestations.
Improved well-being. Studies have shown that exposure to trees boosts concentration and overall mood, reducing the potential for stress, anxiety and depression.