Have you ever felt that you're simply indulging yourself when you purchase trees, shrubs, flowers and other plants for your landscape? Well, here's some information that will make you feel good. A well-landscaped home generally sells more quickly and at a higher price than a comparable home lacking a nice landscape. Trees and shrubs add value to a home, unlike many purchases, over the years they appreciate in value as they grow larger and more beautiful.
Trees can also add economic value to homes by helping reduce heating and cooling costs. Trees work as nature's air conditioner and heat pump, providing shade in summer and sheltering your home from cold winds in winter.
Landscaping also benefits the environment. A mature tree removes 26 pounds of carbon dioxide from the air each year and releases approximately 13 pounds of oxygen. Trees, shrubs and flowers in the landscape also provide food and shelter for birds and other wildlife.
It's nice to add to the value of your property and help the environment, but the most important benefit of landscaping is the personal enjoyment it brings to outdoor living. So go ahead and indulge your love of gardening. It will pay off in many ways in the years to come.
Lawn Sense: Aerate or Renovate?
Aerating your lawn every fall is one of the the best ways to keep it healthy and looking great. We recommend aeration be done annually and preferably be done in the fall.
Lawn Renovation is performed when turf is in poor condition and the quality of the soil is not good. A typical renovation project includes the following:
1. Mow the existing turf very short.
2. Double aerate.
3. Spread 3/8 to 1/2 inch of compost.
4. Over-seed with a power lawn renovator.
5. Hand rake and clean up.
Routine watering (twice per day) is required for the first 2-3 weeks.