The Value of Trees

The Value of Trees

Two pic collage. picture on left of a neighborhood and picture on right person with shovel

August 11, 2021

While trees and forests are beautiful to look at, you might not think they have much else to offer communities and their residents―but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Trees bring value across various aspects of our lives, which is a huge reason why Ben & Annie’s Trees for Tomorrow is on a mission to preserve as many trees as possible in Central Texas. Learn more about the value of trees below. 

Property and Economic Value

A well-maintained landscape with healthy trees makes a real economic impact, posing a great effect on property values. According to, several recent nationwide surveys showed that mature trees can increase the value of a home by 7 to 19 percent―and while a lush lawn with flowers is pretty, it doesn’t add any significant value to a house. 

People looking to buy new homes also cite mature trees as a major draw to a property. Well-landscaped yards with mature trees that provide a sense of privacy for homeowners sell faster and for higher prices than homes without. 

Additionally, homeowners can experience direct economic benefits from living in a treed area. Tree-shaded homes have reduced cooling costs during the heat of summer and reduced heating costs during chilly winters, thanks to the windbreak of large trees. According to the USDA Forest Service, trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30 percent and heating needs by 20 to 50 percent. 

Personal and Community Value

Trees are an important part of every community―streets, parks, backyards and neighborhoods lined with trees create a sense of longevity, trust and peace within an aesthetically pleasing environment. 

Trees also increase the quality of life for those around them by bringing natural elements and a connection to wildlife to urban settings. They can serve as a hands-on learning experience for people of all ages. Trees encourage togetherness by offering shade for people to gather under, fruit for families to pick together and a living landmark for many towns. 

The sentimental, personal value of a tree is truly immeasurable. Many homeowners watch trees grow and develop alongside their children, creating an emotional connection to the plant. When children grow up, their fond childhood memories typically include a backyard or neighborhood tree that they spent time under (or in) with their friends and family. 

Ecological and Environmental Value 

Perhaps the most important value of trees is their impact on the environment and area ecosystems. Trees provide oxygen, improve air quality, conserve water, preserve soil and support wildlife of all shapes and sizes. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in one year a mature tree will absorb more than 48 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and release oxygen in exchange. Just like trees help homeowners lower energy costs, they also help to control the climate by moderating the effects of the sun, rain and wind. 

Far reaching roots hold soil in place to fight erosion, as well as absorb rainwater to reduce runoff and sediment deposits. Both of these things help recharge groundwater supplies.  

Never Underestimate the Value of Trees

Ben & Annie’s Trees for Tomorrow aims to help builders and developers understand the value of trees in the communities they build. Our building partners make a voluntary commitment to replant trees displaced during the construction process by adding new, healthy trees in their place or in nearby community parks.  

Learn more about the mission of Ben & Annie’s Trees for Tomorrow or make a donation to help further our efforts. If you’re a builder looking to make an impact on the future of the areas you build in, inquire about becoming a partner.