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How planting trees can increase the value of your home

Trees create a visually appealing garden but did you know that they can also increase the value of your home in various ways? On average, mature and healthy trees bring up a property’s value by around 10%. Here are a few ways in which planting trees can increase the value of your home.

Plant smaller trees when you buy

When you purchase a property, consider planting small trees - but be sure to keep them away from walls and building foundations. Young trees, either in the ground or in pots, are smaller and less expensive to maintain. They are also generally healthier than large trees and obviously have a longer life span remaining. IWESCO offers routine garden maintenance services to assist with pruning and watering trees.

Choose native species

Ideally, homeowners should plant indigenous species that require less water. Most native tree species are well-adapted to the local climate and soil. They also help to attract birds into your garden. This will entice a larger and more vibrant ecosystem and bring up the aesthetic value of your garden and, therefore, boost the value of your property.

Protect your trees

Whether you’ve planted new trees or have large, beautiful specimens already in the ground, adding a few centimetres of mulch around the trunk can protect the trees from damage. It will keep foot traffic and lawnmowers from compacting the soil, overstressing the roots and possibly ring-barking the trunk. The healthier and more protected your trees, the better they look. This will create a more appealing aspect to your property and increase the value of the land.

Prune early and when necessary

Even a young, healthy tree might suffer from structural issues such as dead, damaged or crossed branches. Pruning these faults during the tree’s first year is easier and less expensive than dealing with them later on. As a professional garden maintenance company, IWESCO often has to trim large branches off trees to prevent them from damaging nearby walls, buildings and gates.

Did you know that living in a property where the tree canopy covers 30% or more of the outdoor space has been linked to reduced stress? Even if you only plant one tree, consider it an investment to your property and a sure way to increase its value over time. Healthy trees that are native to the area, well-maintained and in a healthy condition will help to drive higher property offers and valuations. For more information on our garden maintenance services, please contact us today.


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