Trees can add a lot to any property. Most times, homeowners are not
thinking about the addition of dollar bills to their wallet when they
are looking to landscape a home. However, planting trees in a well
thought out manner can save a homeowner a lot of money in the future,
while adding value to his/her property.
Trees can provide economic benefits, helping surround your home and
keep warmth in during the winters. According to the US Department of
Energy, homeowner’s who landscape for energy efficiency can expect a
return on investment in under 8 years. A well landscaped outside can add
thousands to the value of a home. Sometimes it’s more about the initial
impression of a home that drives a sale, rather than its form and
function. Trees can also reduce soil erosion around the home, keeping it
that much safer if any natural disaster or similar event took place.
Northwest Energy provides some great tips and tricks to plant trees
effectively for your property. I’ve added the ones that stuck out to me
1. Choose a tree that’s appropriate for your climate and space.
2.Plan where you plant. Homeowners should make sure to consider the
entire life-span of a tree when they plant. Northwest energy states that
on average you should plant trees 15 to 20 feet from your home and
powerlines. Trees that grow taller than 40 feet should be planted at
least 35 feet away. A misplanted tree could damage your siding, roof, or
windows in the future when it grows too big and rubs against the home.
3. Trimming is a homeowner’s responsibility, but any homeowner can
still call Northwest Energy and they will stop by to make sure it is
4. Call 811 for underground utility lines at least 2 days before you dig and plant at least 25 feet from such lines.
Trees add initial home value but they can also take away from future
expenses. They’re always a pretty addition to a home’s exterior and, of
course, they keep our oxygen fresh and our water pure. What’s not to
love about them? With a little planning, any homeowner can be adding
value to their property with a few tall, green additions outside.