What’s the first thing you should do when you buy a new house? Plant a tree. Besides the fact that trees can provide shade, help keep your house cool in the summer and add beauty to your yard, they also increase the value of your home. A mature tree can add up to $10,000 in extra value to your home. And since a tree can take about 10 years to mature, doing it early makes it a good financial move and an ecological one, too. Plant a tree that’s appropriate for your growing region, and ask your local nursery for the “fast-growing” variety.
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