Triad -- If nothing else will convince you to plant a tree, let's talk money. Here is a tree benefit calculator to help you figure out what tree might be right for you. (Also remember to consider things like how much room you have, whether you have sun or shade and how long you plan to stay in your house.)
Turns out, trees aren't just nice to look at, they have lots of benefits. They can increase your property values. According to the National Arbor Day Foundation, mature trees can increase your property value by up to 15%. According to treebenefits.com, a tree's Leaf Surface Area or LSA is the key. A home with more trees has a higher LSA than a home with fewer trees.
In urban areas, there are more non-porous surfaces like roads and sidewalks. Water will run off and take oil and pollutants with it. That is likely to end up in our streams, rivers and oceans. Trees increase filtration and water storage through theirs. The leaves also help to break the raindrops' fall and prevent erosion.
Trees can even help you save energy. By strategically planting shade trees, you can keep your house cooler or warmer. Plant deciduous trees on the south side of your house. In the summer, they will provide shade. In the winter, the leaves will fall off and let the sun shine in.
Trees even help reduce air pollution. They absorb ozone, nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide. They also trap dust, ash and smoke while releasing oxygen into the atmosphere.
In general, if you're looking for a bigger impact (and you have a big enough space) go with a bigger tree. Big trees tend to increase property value, help you save more in energy costs and make a bigger environmental impact.