Good Landscaping Keeps Home Values UP

29 March 2014  
Landscaping is an investment worth making.

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A recently released study shows that there is a positive link between the quality of a home's landscaping and the amount that the homeowners receive for the property at the time of sale. Improving the look of your yard is a relatively inexpensive way to increase the value of your home. It also is fairly easy to do: in one weekend you can plant a perennial border that will deliver color and interest for you to enjoy year 'round. If you can invest more time and money, consider that a simple stone walkway can make your house more accessible from the yard and that an attractive fence adds a welcoming touch.

The Horticultural Research Institute funded the study that was conducted by a professor at Clemson University. By analyzing more than 200 home sales the research found that properties with landscapes judged to be "excellent" realized a sale price 6 -7% higher than equivalent properties with landscapes judged to be "good." Landscapes rated as "good" brought 4-5% percent more at sale than those found to be "average."

The study concluded that the individual benefits of improved landscaping, such as increased aesthetics, buffers from noise and undesirable views, climate control through shade and windbreaks, did not increase the value of property directly. Instead, the benefits were realized at a later time when the property was sold. Just as other home improvements, like adding air conditioning or an additional bathroom, homeowners who enhance the landscaping of their properties immediately can enjoy the advantages of the improvement and later can expect to recoup a large percentage of the investment through an increased sale price.

My goal was to come up with a top-ten list of values reaped from improving a landscape, and although I'm sure there must be more, I was stumped after 8. But even 8 is a decent number of rewards for your time and money, so here they are:

Top 8 Values of Planting Trees and Shrubs in your Yard

Value 1 - The Gallup Organization found that landscaping can add between 7 and 15 percent to a home's value.

Value 2 – 'Money Magazine' found that at selling time landscaping could bring a recovery value of 100 to 200 percent of costs. (Kitchen remodeling brings a 75 to 125 percent recovery rate, bathroom remodeling a 20 to 120 percent recovery rate, and the addition of a swimming pool a 20 to 50 percent recovery rate.)

Value 3 – Occasionally I'm asked to appraise the values of large trees for insurance claims. I've learned that a mature tree often can have an appraised value of between $1,000 and $10,000. A large tree can easily reach the upper figures of this valued range.

Value 4 - Landscaping that shades the windows and walls of your home can reduce air conditioning costs by up to 50 percent.

Value 5 - Trees can reduce bothersome noise by up to 50 percent and can mask unwanted noises with the pleasant sounds of birds in their branches or the wind rustling through their leaves.

Value 6 - In the heat of summer trees can reduce a landscape's temperatures by as much as nine degrees Fahrenheit.

Value 7 - A single urban tree can provide benefits of pollution fighting, erosion and storm water control, wildlife shelter, and more than $270 yearly savings in air conditioning costs.

Value 8 – Improving your landscape enables you to enjoy the top reasons people garden: To be outdoors (44%); to be around beautiful things (42%); relax and escape the pressures of everyday life (39%); stay active and get exercise (35%).

So, get out there and take advantage of this gardening season. You'll be rewarded not only by the beauty of your work, the fresh air of the out-of-doors, and the relaxation of drawing closer to nature, but you may very well be money ahead when you sell your home.

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Waves of gardeners have come in this week asking what those pink-blooming trees are that are showing off these days. The two spectacular trees, each glowing visions of pink, are super hardy choices for the area with little to no bug issues.

Prescott Redbud - A western native, it adapts well to our mountain soils. Once established it requires little if any care. The heart shaped leaves are stunning, but the flowers are what set this tree apart, as the rosy pink blooms mature to lavender pink each spring. The 15-foot umbrella shape is a perfect accent to add to any landscape. This truly unusual tree, a moderate consumer of water, is good in raised beds, as an ornamental accent, or as a fire wise plant. It is available only in early spring.

 redbud Oklahoma closeup

Purple Thunder Plum - This blooming beauty is a showoff without any mess. Fragrant pink flowers are in bloom followed by vivid foliage that unfolds a ruby red and gives way to profuse purple the rest of the season. This easy to maintain, low water usage tree also tolerates deer and rabbits. Just under 20 feet high this local bloomer is a better Prescott tree than most, a showy specimen that boarders on extravagant.

Until next week, I'll see you in the garden center.




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Lisa Watters Lain

Lisa Watters Lain, Arizona's Garden Gal

Lisa's garden advice can be heard each week on the "Mountain Garden" radio show on KQNA 1130am & 99.9fm, also broadcast on NPR signals KJZA 89.5fm, KJZP 90.1fm, KJZK 90.7 and KFZF 91.3fm.  She is attracted to sunshine, beauty, happiness, success and health through gardening, and wishes to point the way to others. Throughout the week Lisa can be found at Watters Garden Center located at 1815 W. Iron Springs Rd, Prescott, or contacted through her web site at www.wattersgardencenter.com

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