You see trees every day. But have you ever thought about the benefits of trees? Trees are a very valuable part of landscapes.
- Trees improve air quality by removing particulates and air pollution.
- The shade they cast on buildings can lower summer temperatures and reduce energy costs.
- They increase property values.
- They can help reduce pollution and flooding by taking up water with their roots—water that would otherwise have flowed off the landscape and created stormwater runoff.
- Well-chosen and -maintained trees can also help protect your home from hurricane-force winds.
According to the American Forestry Association, each year a single tree in the landscape provides $73 worth of air conditioning savings, $75 worth of erosion control, $75 worth of wildlife shelter, and $50 worth of air pollution reduction. If the resulting annual total of $273 is compounded for 50 years at 5 percent interest, it results in a tree value of $57,151. Therefore, the overall benefits of having trees in the landscape outweigh the initial price and maintenance cost of each tree.
More information: gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/plants/trees-and-shrubs/trees/
Plants for beds and screening
There are many Florida-friendy choices of shrubs and hedges. Select some that fit your site needs and provide the desired look. Choose some that have flowers, and make sure the majority of your plants are cold hardy so even after winter your landscape still looks complete.
More Information: gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/plants/trees-and-shrubs/shrubs/