Landscaping More Than Just A Nice Yard

Landscaping in the United States is currently sitting on an estimated $73 billion industry. The $73 billion landscaping industry in the United States saw some minor yearly growth between the years of 2009 and 2014 by a ballpark estimate of about 3.7 percent. Much of that revenue gained is primarily from landscaping projects for single family residential homes in the United States, by as much as 67 percent, with commercial and industrial properties only making an estimated 25 percent of that revenue pie in the United States. Industrial properties and commercial properties tend to have less to work with, only providing key areas suitable for landscaping.

For homeowners looking to sell, it would not be a bad idea to invest at least 5 percent of your home’s value on just landscaping alone. If you do, you can actually increase its resale value by up to 15 percent with some quality landscaping! Reason being is because for every six out of 10 potential home buyers that walk through your door, or 60 percent, will actually be influenced by how well your yard is landscaped. A tasteful walkway leading to some choice firepits or some backyard water features can, and will, make or break a potential buyer’s decision to buy your home.

Surprisingly, your outdoor landscaping can actually provide you with a bit of savings on your energy bill. When the windows and walls of your home are exposed to the sunlight, it generates heat inside your home. However, placing a few perfectly placed trees to shield your air conditioner with a shadow has shown to increase your air conditioner’s efficiency by up to 10 percent! Furthermore, a tree’s shadow placed over a window and wall has even led up to reducing air conditioner use by 50 percent, according to a study conducted by the American Public Power Association. Plants also have their place as they can help slash your heating and cooling bills by up to a whopping 20 percent when placed in ideal locations.

Landscaping gives you a bargain bin of benefits to expect besides have some pretty firepits. Homeowners wanting to sell their home can increase their home’s resale value, while homeowners can save money with a few trees and plants placed in choice locations. It is not hard to understand why the landscaping industry in the United States is estimated to reach $80.06 billion by the year 2015.

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