Touch the Soil News #685 (feature photo – CC SA 3.0)
Besides feed us, a closer look reveals that plants do a lot of things. The National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture ( www.ConsumerHort.org ) recently released some interesting information about what plants do:
- A 25-foot tree in the yard can reduce annual heating and cooling costs for a typical home by 8-12 percent.
- Almost one fourth (1/4) of American homes grow berries, veggies or fruit trees.
- Trees along roads create shade. Shaded roads save up to 60 percent of repaving costs, improve driver safety and result in fewer traffic accidents.
- Stores with landscaped areas have expanded sales resulting from longer shopping occasions and can charge more due to higher perceived quality.
- Office plants reduce employee sick time by 14 percent and improve work productivity and speed.
- America’s public gardens are key tourist attractions and contribute $2.3 billion in community tourism spending.
- Horticulture creates 2 million jobs across a diverse array of businesses.
- Well-landscaped homes are more valuable.
- Trails and greenways increase property values and make adjacent homes sell faster.
- Horticulture contributes $196 billion to the U.S. economy, directly benefitting the health of every citizen.