If you’ve ever asked yourself, “Is landscaping worth the money?” the answer is an emphatic yes. Your landscape's trees and shrubs, as well as the entirety of your backyard landscaping, add beauty along with a monetary benefit to your home in the form of reduced utility expenses and increased home value. In fact, according to the National Association of Realtors, a nicely landscaped home is worth up to 12 percent more than a home without landscape trees, shrubs, perennials, and a healthy lawn.
Use the checklists below to evaluate the value of trees and shrubs in your yard. And while your number-one concern should be function and appearance when developing patio landscaping ideas or backyard landscaping plans, it’s always a good idea to also keep increased property value in mind.
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Whether you’re developing new patio landscaping ideas, laying out new backyard landscaping, or just beautifying a small area around your home, a garden design should start with the pillars—trees and shrubs.
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Just like the contents of your home and your house itself, the elements making up your landscaping have value both individually and collectively.
The plant's value to the property arises from both functional and aesthetic considerations. Trees and shrubs that form a focal point, frame the house, add privacy, or stand in a hedgerow represent high-value specimens.
There are times when existing landscape trees and shrubs need to go. Maybe you’re putting in a vegetable garden and need more space, wanting to remove a tree that is diseased or blocking a view, or simply having bigger and better landscaping ideas for your home. Before picking up a chainsaw or shovel, however, you should know the value of what you are removing.
If you’re planning to cut down an established tree or large shrub, take into account the cost of removal. You might spend more than you expect in time, money, and effort.