PLANTS ARE GREEN. MONEY’S GREEN.
Adding a beautiful landscape to a home can increase its value by up to 15% and can accelerate its sale by five to six weeks. -American Nursery and Landscape Association
A great way to put more green in your pocket is to start putting more of it in the ground. A beautiful landscape increases the value of any home or property. And it sure beats painting. Ever compare the price of houses on a tree-lined street versus comparable places on a barren boulevard? The difference will make anyone an instant plant lover.
CHILL OUT. PLANTS ARE COOL.
Just three properly placed trees can save an average household between $100 and $250 in annual heating and cooling costs. -U.S. Department of Energy
Planting greenery and enjoying its beauty have been proven to lower your blood pressure and heart rate. What’s more, they can substantially lower your home’s temperature and energy bill. By carefully positioning trees and shrubs to shelter your house from the sun and wind, you can reduce your heating and cooling energy consumption by as much as 25%, which should lower your blood pressure even more.
BREAKING DOWN FENCES.
The better the landscaping in common areas of a neighborhood, the more those spaces are used by residents, hence the more opportunities there are for social interaction between neighbors. -University of Illinois
Public spaces are like backyards we all own together. So why not make them better places for all of us to play? Shady, green spaces are like magnets. We’ve all seen the story of the rundown urban neighborhood that plants a community garden on an old vacant lot. The place comes alive. People suddenly come out of the woodwork and the neighborhood is socially transformed. Such is the power of plants to attract people—both to public spaces and to each other.
CLEANS, FRESHENS & DEODORIZES.
One tree can remove up to 26 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere annually. That’s equal to 11,000 miles of car emissions. -Virginia Cooperative Extension
When you plant a penstemon or palo verde, you get plenty more than just pretty flowers and leaves. While standing there looking gorgeous, flowers, trees and grasses are also busy doing janitorial service on the environment. In urban and suburban settings, vegetation helps reduce storm water runoff, decreases pollutants and suspended solids in surface water runoff, and reduces sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, ozone, carbon monoxide and particulate matter from the air.
ADMIT IT, YOU’RE FEELING BETTER ALREADY.
Put some new life in the ground and experience what a little green can do. Hop in the car and head to your nearest Ohio nursery or garden center for plants to spruce up your yard, your life and your community.
DON’T JUST STAND THERE, PLANT SOMETHING!