Dr. Charlie Hall

Above: Dr. Charles Hall giving a talk titled "Got Recovery?" at the Jan., 2010 Green & Growing Conference. Prof. Hall holds the Ellison Chair in International Floriculture in the Dept. of Horticultural Sciences at Texas A&M University.

The True Value of Landscaping

Landscaping is one of the best investments you can make in your home or business — even in the middle of a recession. That's not feel-good sales talk. According to Dr. Charlie Hall, a nationally recognized Green Industry expert and professor at Texas A&M University, it's been proven by a wide variety of scientific studies.

Return on Your Home Improvement Dollar for Bathroom vs. Kitchen vs. Landscaping

For example, landscaping gives a much better return on home-improvement investment than bathroom or kitchen remodeling. In 2009, for every $1 a homeowner put into these improvements, here's how much his or her home's value increased:

  • Bathroom: $1.00 = $0.68
  • Kitchen: $1.00 = $0.69
  • Landscape: $1.00 = $1.06 to $1.12

Moreover, the difference between bad and good landscaping (as judged by surveys of Realtors and homebuyers) shows up as a 9% increase in home value.

Another example: We all know looking at a bed of bright flowers instinctively cheers us up. But a recent Harvard Medical School study proved that patients in hospitals recover faster with flowers in their room or a view of gardens. Landscaping thus actually helps save money on health care!

The implication of these and many other studies, notes Dr. Hall, is clear:
"Plants make us happier and healthier, and increase the value of our homes and productivity of our businesses."

Find out more in Dr. Hall's article, "Quality Landscaping Can Add Value."