Landscaping Return on Investment


Landscaping: Your Return on Investment

I reported in the May Newsletter that the national average cost of a new landscape installation is ten percent of the value of the home and property. Is this cost justified? What return on investment (besides beautification, energy conservation and privacy) can be expected? A recent study by Clemson University addressed this concern.

Researchers conducted a study of home sale prices and compared the results based on varying levels of landscape quality. Not only were the type, size and condition of plantings considered, but also the overall design. Landscapes were rated "poor," "average," "good," or "excellent." Results concluded that those homes with good and excellent landscapes had a fourteen to seventeen percent higher sale value than those in the poor and average categories.

This study was done in Greenville, SC and included 218 single family residences. Though results may vary slightly by region, the study indicates that the monetary return on investment for quality landscaping certainly justifies the cost; better landscapes bring higher sale value.

In addition to sale value, proper landscape installation will insure less expense over time and greater satisfaction. In my years of landscaping experience, I've been required to replant and/or repair numerous landscapes which were originally installed without proper planning and technique. This ends up being more expensive than doing the job right the first time.

Remember to Plan Twice...Plant Once.

A Growing Investment

Landscaping has many other appeals besides the first-impression. A nicely landscaped yard and rich, green lawn retain the grading of the lot and keeps soil from becoming unsightly mud slides. Plant material around the home accents and extends the architectural lines, making the home look as if it belongs on the site. Trees provide shade, color, texture, and take away the starkness that pervades so many unwooded developments.

Homeowners should consult a qualified designer to assist with the initial site planning. Costly mistakes or redos can be avoided by consulting a landscape designer up front. A well thought-out design that suits your home, lot, and lifestyle will provide a lifetime of beauty. Your landscape investment will grow in value year by year.

A professional design not only includes total site planning, but incorporates the greenscape (all the living plants) with the hardscape (decks, brick pavers, retaining walls, etc.). Properly designed and implemented landscape projects offer a new dimension to any quality home.


"Please take the time to view this website in it's entirety. If you are looking to save money and have a beautiful landscape for the years to come, you will find it worthwhile". Use the links below to navigate ...and welcome to Paradise!

Shaun Sadree/ The Landscape Artist

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