The Benefits of Planting Trees

How Do Trees Benefit You and Your Property?

Investing in planting trees around homes or buildings can have great returns. For every $1 spent on planting trees $3.74 is returned by:

  • Energy conservation: Homes with shade often have energy costs that are 20-25 percent lower than those without.
  • Increased property values:  Healthy, mature trees add an average of 10 percent to a property's value and landscaping with trees can increase property values as much as 20 percent.
  • Trees increase your property's aesthetic value.
  • Increased salability of homes:  The majority of realtors surveyed believe that mature trees have a "strong or moderate impact" on the salability of homes. 
  • Stress reduction:  It has been shown that exposure to trees can decrease blood pressure and reduce muscle tension.
  • Trees can provide screening; increasing privacy and reducing the impacts of lights, wind and noise on your property.
  • Enhanced quality of life.

Community tree planting

How Do Trees Benefit Your Community?

  • Improved air quality:  Once mature, the additional canopy will provide 5.3 million dollars of air pollution removal annually.
  • Increased carbon dioxide absorption and storage:  The additional canopy will absorb over 10 million pounds of carbon dioxide annually and eliminate the need for spending over one million dollars in greenhouse gas reduction services each year. 
  • Energy conservation:  4.7 million dollars of energy conservation services will be provided by the additional canopy annually.
  • Improved water quality.
  • Improved wildlife habitat.
  • Decreased stormwater runoff:  The stormwater management capacity associated with the additional mature tree canopy is estimated to cost $510,632,400 to construct.
  • Cooled ambient air temperature.

 What Can You Do?

  • Plant trees on your property.  Plant about 20 feet away from your home on the western exposures for optimum energy conservation.
  • Plant at least one tree per car in your household to reduce your carbon footprint.
  • Get involved with community tree planting groups such as Fairfax ReLeaf and Earth Sangha.  For more information, visit or
  • Advocate for tree planting on commonly-owned open spaces in your community.
  • Remember that all trees need to be maintained after they are planted. Visit the Virginia Department of Extension for more information about tree planting and maintenance.  
  • Be sure to plant the right tree in the right place.  Use the Fairfax County Public Facilities Manual as a guide.   
  • Preserve trees during construction. 

For more information about planting trees, contact the Urban Forest Management Division at 703-324-1770, TTY 711, or by e-mail.






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