Trees and shrubs that increase property value are highly prized by buyers and sellers. Well-landscaped yards with mature trees and bushes that provide privacy not only command 6-19% higher prices, but sell faster than homes with little or no landscaping, according to the NALP. .
Choosing which trees to plant can be difficult for some homeowners, especially if they are first-time buyers and don’t have much experience with outdoor maintenance. “Planting disease-resistant trees and shrubs that are well suited to the area you live in makes a huge difference in upkeep and value,” says Jennifer Myers, Senior Director of Workforce Development for the National Association of Landscape Professionals and Executive Director of the NALP Foundation. “Beyond a plant’s composition, where it goes on the property is equally important – its access to sunlight will determine the best species. Here are valuable tree attributes to keep in mind – a large canopy for shade, rapid growth, color, and provides a screen for privacy.”
To get the best return on your investment, NALP lists the top 20 trees and shrubs that can add value to your home and increase curb appeal:
- black cherry
- black tupelo
- Crepe myrtle
- North red oak
- red maple
- Southern Magnolia
- sugar maple
- white fir
- white oak
- burning bush
- butterfly tree
- Cherry laurel
- oakleaf hydrangea
To help ensure healthy plant growth and proper insect and disease control for homeowners’ trees and shrubs, a professional service like TruGreen can take the guesswork out of maintenance.
“In real estate, the first impression is paramount, and everything starts from the outside. By maintaining the ornamental trees and shrubs in your home, you are protecting your investment,” said Brian Feldman, technical operations manager and certified arborist at TruGreen. “By working with homeowners to provide comprehensive plant health care plans, customized for each unique landscape, we help keep ornamental plants healthy, free from unwanted pests, and looking their best.”
In addition to hiring a professional, TruGreen encourages homeowners to follow the tips below to ensure a thriving outdoor living space:
- Planting. Planting too high, too deep, too shallow or in the wrong place can have a negative impact on your landscape. Spread a layer of mulch 1 to 3 inches deep on the soil around the base of the plant to create a protective zone. This will prevent mowing and other lawn maintenance damage and allow for the optimum amount of moisture for the roots.
- Inspect. Homeowners should regularly inspect trees and shrubs for rot, damage, disease, or insect infestation. After extreme weather conditions such as hurricanes, deep frosts, sudden cold fronts after a hot trend, and hail, check for cracks or damaged limbs. These events can weaken a tree and/or expose part of a tree that has begun to decline. Also, continue to take proper care and maintenance of landscaping, such as pruning, to keep them healthy.
- Watering. Young trees and shrubs should be watered regularly for 1-2 years after planting. Once established, most trees and shrubs do not need to be watered as often unless the dry weather continues for an extended period.
TruGreen’s tree and shrub services include root zone fertilization, disease control, insect and mite control, and horticultural oil, in addition to other treatments as needed. TruGreen will create a bespoke plan for each landscape and provide homeowners with information on how to maintain their service with additional care between treatments. TruGreen also guarantees that every customer is 100% satisfied with their service with their TruGreen Guarantee.
For more information on TruGreen’s tree and shrub services, visit trugreen.com/products-and-services/tree-and-shrub-service and follow them on Facebook, instagram and Twitter.
About TruGreen TruGreen is the nation’s leading lawn care provider, providing neighborhoods across the country with tailored care for lawns, trees and shrubs as well as protection from mosquitoes and other pests. As a company steeped in scientific expertise with a customer-centric approach, TruGreen helps homeowners create an outdoor living space that brings them pride. There are approximately 260 TruGreen branches in the United States and Canada, as well as 38 franchise locations. To visit http://www.TruGreen.com, http://www.facebook.com/TruGreen, or the TruGreen app for more information.