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WHY INVEST IN LANDSCAPE?
Add Value & Environmental Benefits to Your Property...
Professional landscaping not only adds to your home's value and improves "curb appeal," but there are also many other benefits:
AIR QUALITY IMPROVEMENT
Landscaping can reduce air conditioning costs by shading the windows and walls of a home. Grass is much cooler than asphalt or cement and acts as an “air conditioner” for the surrounding area. Grasses also absorb carbon dioxide and break it down into oxygen and carbon. Roughly, a 50x50-foot lawn produces enough oxygen for a family of four.
EFFECTS OF TREE CANOPIES
Trees shading homes can reduce attic temperatures by as much as 40 degrees. Tree canopies also help reduce noise. From energy conservation to storm-water reduction, researches are finding that the presence of urban trees suggest lowering crime (U.S. Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Research Station).
STRESS RELIEF & PRODUCTIVITY
Studies have suggested that even just looking at plants and trees (maybe even through a window) can reduce stress and lower blood pressure (Housley and Wolf). In our busy, high-traffic environments, lawns and plants dramatically reduce noise pollution by 20 percent to 30 percent over hard surfaces like concrete and pavement. Experiencing a more natural environment with plants and trees (ie: amongst a city) has been shown to improve attention and memory (study by Marc Berman of the University of Michigan).
REAL ESTATE BENEFITS
Homes with "excellent" landscaping can expect a higher sale price than equivalent houses with "good" landscaping. Commercial environments such as shopping districts, rental properties and business campuses are also showing more satisfaction from clients and employees when the surrounding grounds and interiors of the buildings have healthy plant life.
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