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Economic, environmental and social benefits of plants and landscaping

Below are quick facts about the economic, environmental and social benefits of plants and landscaping according to the American Nursery and Landscape Association (www.ANLA.org):

  • Landscaping can add between 7% and 15% to a home’s value.
    Source: The Gallup Organization

  • Landscaping can bring a recovery value of 100 to 200 percent at selling time. Kitchen remodeling brings a 75 to 125 percent recovery rate, bathroom remodeling a 20 to 120 percent recovery rate, and addition of a swimming pool a 20 to 50 percent recovery rate.
    Source: Money Magazine

  • Landscaping can reduce air conditioning costs by up to 50 percent, by shading the windows and walls of a home.
    Source: American Public Power Association

  • Trees can reduce bothersome noise by up to 50 percent and can mask unwanted noises with pleasant sounds.
    Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

  • Trees can reduce temperatures by as much as nine degrees Fahrenheit.
    Source: American Forests

  • By spending 5% of the value of your home on the installation of a quality low-maintenance landscape, you could boost the resale by 15%, earning back 150% or more of your landscape investment.
    Source: Smart Money Magazine, March 2003

  • 95% of the members of the Society of Real Estate Appraisers say landscaping adds to property value, while 99% agree landscaping increases speed of home sales.
    Source: Society of Real Estate Appraisers Study, 2003