Landscape Facts and Resources for Consumers
Do you realize that landscaping is the only improvement
to your property that gets better over the years?
Some interesting facts include:
Money Magazine wrote that landscaping can bring a recovery value of 100 to 200 percent at selling time. By comparison, kitchen remodeling brings a 75 to 125 percent recovery rate, bathroom remodeling a 20 to 120 percent recovery rate, and the addition of a swimming pool a 20 to 50 percent recovery rate.
According to a Clemson University study, homes with "excellent" landscaping can generate a sale price about six to seven percent higher than equivalent houses with "good" landscaping, while improving a landscape from "average" to "good" can result in a four-to-five percent increase.
Landscaping can reduce air conditioning by up to 50% by shading the windows and walls of a home, according to the American Public Power Association.
A single urban tree can provide up to $273 a year in air conditioning, pollution fighting, erosion and storm water control, and wildlife shelter benefits. Trees can reduce temperatures by as much as nine degrees Fahrenheit, as stated in American Forests.
The USEPA notes that trees can reduce bothersome noise by up to 50 percent and can mask unwanted noises with pleasant sounds.
View this annual publication geared towards homeowners, business owners, and consumers. Topics include:
- The History Channel Meets HGTV
- Water Features to Whet the Imagination
- The Greening of Chicago
- Garden Structure: It’s Not About the Trends
- Paving Techniques: Old World Style — Modern Sensibility
- ILCA Members Achieve Excellence in Landscape
- Why Hire a Landscape Contractor?
- Landscape Certification in Illinois
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CHICAGO TREES INITIATIVE
Chicago Trees Initiative is
a city-wide, public-private effort to significantly expand the tree canopy in the City of Chicago over the next 30 years. This means many more trees will be planted in our great city, which is already known for its green urban spaces. Every Chicago resident – and indeed, anyone who cares about trees has an important role to play. The goal invites all of us to be involved in planting and caring for trees on both public and private land.
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YOUR LANDSCAPE BEGINS WITH A DREAM
A Dream book for the 21st Century
Revised and expanded, the "Dream Book" is a free booklet to assist property owners in selecting and working with landscape contractors. Landscape photos are included to help generate ideas.
- Deciding the look
- Practical considerations
- The landscape plan
- Finding the right professional
- What to discuss with your landscape contractor
- An appreciating investment
- Proper maintenance will safeguard your landscape investment
Read your "Landscape Begins with a Dream" in PDF Format
ILCA members serve the residential, multifamily, commercial and public works markets, performing both exterior and interior work, for new and renovated landscapes.
Services include design/build, installation, construction, lighting, pavers, retaining walls, water features, irrigation, tree care, sodding, seeding, lawn and landscape maintenance, fertilization, disease/pest control, holiday decorating, and snow removal.
ILCA encourages professionalism and offers numerous educational opportunities for its members and the industry, but cannot guarantee the work of its members.
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