Why Plant a Tree?

Planting trees is a natural way to add value to your property, reduce energy costs, spruce up your landscape, and nurture the surrounding wildlife.

Add Value to Your Property

Maybe money does grow on trees! Any realtor will tell you that trees add tremendous value to your property. Don’t believe us? Check out these quick facts on trees and property value:

  • 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%. (Arbor National Mortgage & American Forests)
  • Landscaping, especially with trees, can increase property values as much as 20 percent. (Management Information Services/ICMA)
  • In an analysis of 2,608 real-estate transaction over 10 months, researchers found that homes with “street trees,” those planted between the sidewalk and street, sold for $7,130 more, on average, than homes without street trees. (Wall Street Journal)
  • Homeowners get 100% or more return on the money they put into landscaping. (Clemson University)
  • A mature tree can often have an appraised value of between $1,000 and $10,000. (Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers)
  • Keep in mind: tree ownership is just like owning property; there are overhead costs and responsibilities involved. But as long as you’re willing to put in the time, money and effort to properly care for your trees, you can reap the financial benefits if you ever need to resell or refinance your home.

Reduce Your Energy Bills

Not only do trees help you earn money, they can help you save a tidy bit of cash! Trees provide year-round protection against the elements. They can protect your house from strong winds, heavy snow, summer heat, and raging storms – all while drastically reducing your energy bills. Check out these quick facts on trees and energy costs:

There are many planting strategies you can use to maximize your energy savings. The best strategy will take your regional climate into account; check out this guide from the  U.S. Department of Energy to see which planting strategies match your region.

You can also read the U.S. Department of Energy’s “Energy Saver 101 Infographic” to learn more about how climates, microclimates, tree species, and planting locations can influence your energy conservation efforts.

Nurture the Surrounding Wildlife

As the old proverb goes, “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.”

The trees you plant now provide more than just personal financial and aesthetic benefits for you; they will linger long after you are gone, and the environment will benefit from your efforts. Here are some quick facts about trees and the environment:

  • Planting 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. (USDA Forest Service)
  • A tree can absorb as much as 48% of carbon dioxide per year, and can sequester 1 ton of carbon dioxide by the time it reaches 40 years old. (NC State University Cooperative Extension)
  • Planting trees in an urban environment provides shelter for wildlife that otherwise would not have a home.

By nurturing the environment with your tree canopy, you are improving your own quality of life – and you are contributing to the well-being of future generations.

Find a Professional

Arranging the perfect landscape and tree planting is tricky work, as it requires knowledge of soil conditions, appropriate tree species, fertilization management, and more. For best results,
hire a professional arborist or tree care company
to evaluate your landscape and make recommendations.

View YouTube video “Planting Care for Trees”

34 thoughts on “Why Plant a Tree?

  • Kathleen

    Great way to celebrate Arbor Day – I planted 8 new trees! Thanks for the advice!

    • Thanks a lot! Yesterday I went to park and saw those little trees and asked the gandrer how to keep them well. Growing trees seems one of the greatest hobbies which make us grow day by day in body and spirit.

  • Thanks for the tips! It seems like taking care of trees could be a lot of work, but now I can see why people would want to have trees on their property. Your point about how they add home value was really interesting. I didn’t know that a mature tree can have an appraised value between $1,000-$10,000. It seems like I should plant a few trees after I move into my new house.

  • Theres always a need for more trees in the world, and this is a great way to influence people to plant ones of their own. Especially if it can add more value and curb appeal to the home. Thanks for the advice!

  • I had no idea that planting a tree could add value to your property. Planting trees has always been a hobby of mine and my husband. We love watching the grow and taking care of them. It has really brought our energy bills down because they shade our home from the sun. We do have a dead tree that we just discovered so we will have to call in tree services for the removal. I definitely recommend planting trees to anyone!

  • Carter Michaelson

    I have always loved having trees in my yard. They provide shade and just a nice overall environment to be in. Taking care of your trees is really important once you do have them so calling in tree services at least once a year will be really beneficial to their heath. Making sure that they get pruned before the winter season hits can also keep your home safe from any falling branches.

  • Raylin Sutter

    My had to have tree removal done for the trees in my back yard. Two of them died at pretty much the same time. For energy reasons, I would love to plant again. However, I am unsure whether or not that the ground isn’t good enough for it. What advice do you have for getting trees to grow in my yard?

  • Excellent post! I’m glad that I stumbled upon it because I’ve been thinking about planting some trees in my yard. I think you’re absolutely right: trees add value to your property. I’ll be sure to follow your suggestion by planting more trees in my yard. Thanks for the excellent tips; you’ve been very helpful!

  • Lilly Sedrick

    I had no idea that by planting trees you can add value to your home. It is also interesting to learn that planting trees can help you save money by potentially cutting down some of your energy costs. I am starting to think that I should be planting more trees in my yard. This would definitely be a great way to be able to make the front of my house look even more beautiful.

  • It’s interesting that having trees can actually add value to a home. I am wanting to plant trees, and I think that the benefits that come could be very nice. I’ll have to remember to have them service though, as I wouldn’t want an investment like that to go bad.

  • This is some great information, and I appreciate your point that planting trees can actually reduce your energy bills. I love how trees look in a yard, but I hadn’t considered that they’d have more practical value as well. With that in mind, I’ll definitely talk to my husband about planting a few in our yard. Thanks for the great post!

  • I didn’t realize that planting a tree could possibly increase my home’s value. My husband and I have been trying to increase our house’s value for a while now, because we are hoping to sell it within the next five years. However, do you happen to know what type of tree adds the most value?

  • We planted a few tree around the south end of our home about 3 years ago and are quite happy that we did. The room where the washer and dryer is on the south end of the house and it was miserable being in there during the summer. Those trees have made it considerably cooler in that room. Good article.

  • Landscaping Philadelphia

    Thank you for all the links to the various resources!

  • Hansens

    When we plant the trees in our yard they looks very pretty but some years later all the leaves fall down day by day someone suggest me hire professional and i did it they suggest me some treatment products and now till yet it looks beautiful now i have to sale my house because of some reasons and i am getting so much good price of my house.

  • I always hate to have to remove shade trees that are next to the home that have become overgrown due to lack of proper pruning. This is something that could be easily avoided at little cost once or twice a year. Great article.

  • Trees can definitely increase your homes value. Always get the professionals in though if you do go down the tree removal plan. An arborist or professional tree company will help you with all the safety gear so you don’t damage any property.

  • I never recognized the affect that having trees on your property does to your home value. It’s amazing that there is a 100% return on investment in landscaping for your property. My husband and I have been looking for ways to increase our home value that won’t break the bank. Planting trees seems like a worthwhile investment!

  • Great article. I have been an arborist for years and have owned a tree service company for a long time, and this article is very exciting to me. We have been planting trees a lot lately, and they certainly add color to each property and character. Great blog. Glad I bumped into it.

  • I hadn’t realized that trees can add that much value to a property, makes perfect financial sense to do it I guess, not just for the value but the overall contribution.


  • What an awesome breakdown of the positive factors of tree planting especially for home owners. Great read.

  • We love our trees here in Colorado. They are pure beauty in the changing of seasons.

  • Saginaw Tree Service Pros

    We are just getting into fall here in Michigan and looking forward to those beautiful fall colors!


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