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Landscaping Improves a Home's Value

A well-landscaped home has a significant price advantage over a home with no landscaping. This advantage ranges from 5.5 percent to 12.7 percent depending on the type of landscaping and the home's original value.

With any tree installation, you are adding value to your home. The Arbor Day Foundation estimates that landscaping with trees can increase your property value up to 20%. Keep in mind, a mature tree can add more value than a seedling or younger tree. Something to consider when you’re deciding what type of tree to add.

It's no secret that trees certainly do enhance curb appeal. But choosing the right tree is important. From flowering to bright-colored leaves, you have many options when it’s time to choose.


One of the biggest appeals of adding a tree to a yard is the privacy they provide or to screen a negative view. The tall trunks and large branches can provide enough privacy that could rival a traditional fence. Evergreen trees are usually the best choice for privacy as they are tall and add a natural screen. Evergreen trees are easy to maintain and look beautiful in any season.

Environmentally Friendly

By adding trees to your backyard, you’re creating a better environment for yourself, your neighbors and other animals. Adding trees to your yard helps improve the air and water quality in your area. According to Pennsylvania State University, a tree can store up to 13 pounds of carbon each year, converting that into oxygen? It also helps remove debris and toxins from water. Adding a tree to your yard helps to do your part in reducing pollution. Choosing native plants and trees can also benefit local wildlife and organisms. As these trees are native to the area, many of them have what it takes to survive in your climate. Additionally, it’s great for birds and other wildlife to create a habitat for themselves.

Natural Shade

Trees provide wonderful natural shade to your yard that could help save you money by reducing your homes energy costs if places on the south side of the home. Bigger trees are a great spot to place a hammock under or a small space to relax outside. If you need a place to grow garden plants that require shade, adding a tree can be a helpful way of doing so.

Growing Produce

Who doesn’t love to hae fresh produce straight from their yard? Fruit trees are a wonderful addition to consider when thinking about a tree installation. Before you do so, research what fruit trees grow best in your yard. They may take a little more maintenance, but it will be worth it for all the fresh produce you get to enjoy! Here are some fruit tree types that you might like in your yard:

  • Lemon Tree
  • Satsuma Tree
  • Persimmon Tree
  • Plum Tree
  • Peach Tree
  • Pear Tree
  • Fig Tree
  • Loquat Tree
  • Apple Tree
  • Apricot Tree (needs cold winter and sometimes produces in south Louisiana)