Trees are Valuable Assets
Trees may be the most important feature of our landscapes. They provide beauty and enjoyment through their many forms, colors, flowers, and fruits.
There are many less visible benefits that make trees valuable assets. They enhance our environment by producing oxygen, storing carbon, cooling streets, preventing erosion, and filtering noise and pollutants. They can block wind and screen undesirable views. Attractive trees and landscaping add to a property’s real estate value.
Perhaps the most impressive benefit of trees is the dollars saved on utility bills. Research has shown that properly located trees can reduce air conditioning costs in homes and office buildings by 30 percent or more.
Too often, we take trees for granted and don’t properly plan and plant. Not matching the right tree to the site can prevent the desired aesthetic and environmental benefits and result in unexpected liabilities and costs.
Selecting the right tree for the right place will help you get the long-term benefits, beauty, and satisfaction from the trees you plant.
Questions about growing trees?
Check out the information on this website for:
- Selecting trees and planning your landscape
- Proper planting for your new tree
- Tree care techniques and tips
- Our handy checklist for tree selection and placement
You can also download this same tree planting and care information in the “RIGHT TREE for the RIGHT PLACE” brochure (429K pdf).
Can’t find the answer on our site — the state’s Master Gardeners will be happy to help with your tree planting questions.