Trees have a strong aesthetic value which is subjective and based on personal connections that are important to homeowners.
• Trees planted on special occasions are of value to homeowners
Trees have the environment you live in by reducing noise, air pollution, and protect soil and water run-offs.
• "The planting of trees means improved water quality, resulting in less runoff and erosion. This allows more recharging of the ground water supply. Wooded areas help prevent the transport of sediment and chemicals into streams,” according to the USDA Forest Service.
• "There are about 60-to 200- million spaces along our city streets where trees could be planted. This translates to the potential to absorb 33 million more tons of CO2 every year, and saving $4 billion in energy cost,” according to the National Wildlife Federation.
• "In laboratory research, visual exposure to settings with trees has produced significant recovery from stress within five minutes, as indicated by changes in blood pressure and muscle tension,” according to Dr. Roger S. Ulrich of Texas A&M University.
• "One acre of forest absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide and puts out four tons of oxygen. This is enough to meet the annual needs of 18 people,” according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture
Trees can increase the property value by 15% or more.
• "In one study, 83% of realtors believe that mature trees have a "strong or moderate impact" on the salability of homes listed for under $150,000; on homes over $250,000, this perception increases to 98%, according to the Arbor National Mortgage & American Forests.
• “Landscaping, especially with trees, can increase property values as much as 20 percent,” according to the Management Information Services/ICMA.
• "Trees can be a stimulus to economic development, attracting new business and tourism. Commercial retail areas are more attractive to shoppers, apartments rent more quickly, tenants stay longer, and space in a wooded setting is more valuable to sell or rent,” according to the Arbor Day Foundation.
• "Healthy, mature trees add an average of 10 percent to a property's value,” according to the USDA Forest Service
• "A mature tree can often have an appraised value of between $1,000 and $10,000," according to the Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers.
Trees help cool your home, street and neighborhood by providing shade.
• “The net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to ten room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day,” according to the US Department of Agriculture.
• “Landscaping can reduce air conditioning costs by up to 50 percent, by shading the windows and walls of a home," according to the American Public Power Association.
• "If you plant a tree today on the west side of your home, in 5 years your energy bills should be 3% less. In 15 years the savings will be nearly 12%," according to the Center for Urban Forest Research
• "Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30 percent and can save 20 - 50 percent in energy used for heating,” according to the USDA Forest Service.