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Beyond the visual beauty of your new landscape—there is the beauty of increased property value, thanks to a new professional landscape. According to the American Nursery & Landscape Association ( www.anla.org), you can expect to recoup between 100 and 200 percent of your landscape costs upon the resale of your home, adding between 7 and 15 percent to your property value!
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Summer Savings: Well-placed trees and shrubs can also help cut air conditioning costs. Trees, shrubs, ground covers, and grass affect solar radiation more than structural devices, such as awnings. Deciduous plants drop their leaves in winter and have the advantage of allowing sun to reach buildings in the winter for warmth, yet providing shade during the summer.
Winter Savings: In a windy site, a windbreak or shelterbelt planting can account for up to 50 percent wind reduction with a 20 to 40 percent reduction in heating fuel consumption. In a calmer spot, wind barriers can still reduce fuel use by 10 percent or more. Evergreen conifers (needle-leaf trees) are a perfect barrier to winter winds.
Year-Round Benefits: Planting for energy savings combines well with other commonly recognized landscaping benefits. Reducing lawn areas can also save energy ‚ by planting ground covers or understory shrubs, less mowing is required. Plus, if drought-tolerant plants are used, water use can be significantly reduced. Also, healthy, well- maintained trees and shrubs increase the value of your property overall.