Homeowners in the Naperville area are planning for summertime fun! Our outdoor living spaces provide the backdrop for outdoor cooking, dining, playing, socializing and creating lasting memories of time spent with family and friends. While creating the perfect outdoor living space is a top priority, many of us struggle with where to start. The elements that make up an inviting, useful outdoor space include lighting, pathways, outdoor cooking areas and fire pits, but the most important element is trees. Trees bring beauty, function and add value to our property. Since Arbor Day is April 29, what better time than now to add a tree to our homes?
Trees add beauty: A well-placed tree is a statement piece in your outdoor space. Give some thought to the size, color, and seasonal interest your tree choice will project. Colorful, leafy mature trees will signal seasonal changes, attract birds, and add shade and wind protection near outdoor seating areas. Coniferous trees are evergreen and offer all-year color in many different shades of green and blue.
Trees save on energy costs: Mature trees provide much needed shade in our hot, Midwestern summers, and help regulate the heating and cooling of our homes.
Trees add value to property: Naperville homeowners should consider which trees will thrive in our area, how tall and wide the tree will be at maturity, and where it will be viewed and appreciated before they purchase and plant a tree. A little planning can really pay off. The Huffington Post reported, “According to the Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers, a sound, mature tree can add from $1,000 to $10,000 to the value of your home.”
Trees complement hardscape and lighting designs: Most homeowners know that well-placed trees near patios, walkways or property lines create shade, privacy and beauty. Dramatic lighting around trees creates evening ambience for summer parties.
Choosing from so many available varieties can be daunting. Start by identifying the best location for your trees, which will lead you to choosing deciduous or conifer, and help you choose the height and width you need. At O’Donovan and Son Landscaping, our designers can help you choose the right trees for your outdoor living space. We have a wide selection of mature trees, too, to create an inviting and useful space you can use this summer. For over 45 years, we have created beautiful hardscapes and landscapes in the Naperville area that incorporate trees and shrubs to provide years of outdoor enjoyment. Call us at 630-355-3370 and we will help you get started!