Money Savers: landscaping dos and don’ts
Spring has sprung, which for some of us means springing into action and putting trees, shrubs and flowers in the yard.

"Right now is the busy season," said Justin Bence of The Davey Tree Expert Company. "It's go time for us."

Spring is a popular time for homeowners who want to plant trees and landscape their yards. Besides sprucing up the outside of your house, landscaping can increase the worth of your home.

"Trees planted in the right location around the house can really help save on annual air conditioning costs and annual heating bills, "Bence said.

According to Bence, those energy costs can sometimes be cut in half. Strategically planted trees provide shade in the summer and cut down on wind in the winter.

"If you are not worried about fall color and flowers it's great if you do an evergreen," Bence said. "Evergreens provide great privacy screens, great shade."

Another value to trees and shrubs is better curb appeal, which realtors say increases the value of a house.

"When they pull up to the house it really sets a tone for everything going forward," said Jerry Moscowitz of RE/MAX Results.

The good news for homeowners is that yard improvement doesn't have to be that expensive.

"You don't need to spend a lot of money," Moscowitz said. "It's really just about having it look welcoming. Maybe having some color there to make a person feel good when they walk in."

A key to sprucing up your yard is knowing where to plant trees. Like real estate it's all about location, location, location.

"You don't want to plant it right next to the driveway or the walk," Moscowitz said, "where years down the road there is going to be an issue."

Another key is balance. Don't go overboard and create a mini-forest that could scare off a potential buyer.

"You can go too far with this," Moscowitz said. "You can go ahead and put something there where someone drives up and says, 'I would never ever maintain something of this degree.' "

Eric Nelson, reporting


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