Ask an Arborist: Why Should I Plant Evergreens?

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Ask an Arborist: Why Should I Plant Evergreens?

By Pete Smith | January 27, 2017

Certified arborist Pete Smith explains the benefits of planting evergreens on your home landscape. Evergreen trees provide numerous benefits when planted around your home. They can be used as a living snow fence, provide energy savings, and block cold winds. Additionally, they beautify your home.

Living Snow Fence

Planting a living snow fence is more cost effective than installing a slatted snow fence. Trees are not only cheaper to plant, but they live longer and require less maintenance than a slatted snow fence. On average, a slatted fence lasts 7-20 years, versus a living snow fence which lasts 40-50 years. A living snow fence captures up to 12 times more snow than a slatted fence and requires less maintenance.


Aside from redirecting snow from driveways or streets, planting a row of trees blocks strong winds. In the winter, this means less cold drafts through doors and windows, equating to lower heating bills. In the summer, these same trees will shade your home, keeping it cool.

Privacy and Beauty

Evergreens around the edge of your property or landscape give you privacy and beautify your home. In fact, on average trees increase property value by 10 percent. Trees will also attract wildlife and serve as a nesting site for birds.

Want more evergreens? Read 5 Windbreak Trees that will Blow you Away!

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Pete Smith

Urban Forestry Program Manager, Certified Arborist

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