Landscaping not only gives you a beautiful yard to look at and enjoy, it also increases the value of your home.

A remodeled bathroom may give you a 75 percent return on investment but a properly installed and maintained landscape can give you anywhere from 100 to 200 percent on the investment. Plant type, plant spacing and overall design all play a role in how much value is added. Having a professional landscaping company create a custom landscaped yard for you that stands apart from your neighbors is key.

Landscaping can also improve your home security. Planting specific trees or shrubs near windows can prevent break-ins. Many insurance agencies put a great value on landscaping and will pay several hundred dollars to replace trees struck by lightning.

Studies even show that if two homes that are beside each other are for sale, the one with the best landscaped yard almost always sells first.