Landscaping not only adds beauty, but it offers other benefits including an enriched quality of life, improved environmental conditions and enhanced property values.
Landscape services includes trimming of bushes and plant material, weed abatement, litter removal, tree trimming and installation of new plants and/or trees in public landscaping. The frequency of these services varies depending upon each area’s financial resources. Funding is provided by the property owners through a parcel charge levied on the annual property tax bill.
The City provides maintenance of public landscaping to various residential communities and commercial/industrial developments within the City. To ensure our community has the financial resources to maintain the public landscaping throughout our community, the City established landscape maintenance districts.
Benefits of Landscaping
Landscaping provides identity and character to communities. A well-designed landscape not only adds beauty to a home, it also offers other benefits including an enriched quality of life, improved environmental conditions and enhanced property values.
- Studies reveal depression was lowered by 71% when people walked outdoors in landscaped environments.Stress levels were also decreased and moods were improved. Studies found that property crimes were less frequent in those neighborhoods with well managed landscapes.
- Environmental benefits include environmental cleaners, water protectors, air cleaners, noise minimizers, slope stabilizers, wind barrier, drainage improvements, and natural coolant.
- According to a 2013 National Association of Realtors survey, curb appeal is important to 71 percent of homebuyers when choosing their next home. Upgrading a home's landscape from average to excellent can raise its overall value by 10 to 12 percent, according to research from Virginia Tech and other studies.
- According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a well-thought out landscape design with proper tree placement can save up to 25 percent of a typical home’s energy use. Summer air temperatures in tree-shaded neighborhoods can be 3 to 6 degrees cooler than treeless areas.
Water-wise landscape is critical to California. Eastern Municipal Water District has developed water-wise landscape resources. Guidelines for selecting region appropriate plant materials have been developed by Riverside County. A list of non-invasive plants has also been created to aid in preserving the state’s wetlands and the ecosystem.
The City of Moreno Valley is committed to preserving our water supply. See a summary of the available resources to help us all contribute to a sustainable water supply.