Posted: 20 Feb 2015 10:57 AM PST

Trees Add Beauty, Value to Your Home

Trees don’t ask for much — dirt, water, sunlight. Yet they provide many benefits for you and your home: They add beauty and value to your property, cut your energy bills with the shade they provide, provide a home to wildlife, and improve the air you breathe.

To get the full benefits from your trees, choose the right one and plant it in the right location. Planting a tree that sheds its leaves annually on the west side of your house provides cooling shade in the summer. In winter, after it loses its leaves, the same tree will let in sunlight that cuts heating bills.

If you’re planting a new tree, think about its fully grown size and shape before you dig. Roots too close to your home could damage the foundation or block sewer lines. The wrong tree in the wrong place could actually lower your home’s appraised value.

To learn more about trees and how you can improve the environment while improving your property value, visit arbordayfoundation.org, where you’ll find a wealth of useful information about trees.

PHOTO: Shown is  1204 Chatsworth in Colleyville, which is offered by Ebby’s Alice Bien for $679,000.

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DFW Weekend Round Up (2/19-2/22)

Posted: 19 Feb 2015 02:03 PM PST

 DFW Weekend Round Up (2/19-2/22)

This weekend’s events have no clear theme, but that just means there’s something for everyone! Take a look…

If you’re looking for things to do that are more food and drink centric, click here.

Thursday, Feb. 19:

The Book of Mormon: If you didn’t make last year’s show, now is the time to catch the Tony Award-winning musical created by the people behind South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone. This is the final weekend that it will be at Winspear Opera House.

The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville: This musical includes two major stars, Mandy Patinkin and Taylor Mac. On top of that, the show is directed by Tony-winner Susan Stroman. Follow the pair as the take on a post-apocalyptic world at the Eismann Center in Richardson through Sunday.

Medea: The Greek tragedy, presented by Dallas Theater Center, will take place in the basement of Kalita Humphrey’s Theater through March 29.

Thin Line Festival: The 8th-annual festival in Denton goes all weekend long. Thin Line will deliver an engaging program of high quality documentary films, world-class music, and (new in 2015) a diverse palette of photographic art.

Friday, Feb. 20:

Disney in Concert: The Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents classic songs from Disney movies that you’ll never forget, old and new. Friday through Sunday, the orchestra will play songs from Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid and more.

Ticketstock 2015: The annual sports talk event hosted by the crew from 1310 The Ticket is back at Irving Convention Center Friday and Saturday. Join them for free admission, autographs, and concerts.

Wynonna Judd: The country music singer will be at Arlington Music Hall for stories and song.

Saturday, Feb. 21:

Chinese New Year Celebration: The Crow Colleciton of Art celebrates the Year of the Ram with their 16th-annual free Chinese New Year Celebration.Head to the Hardwood District for crafts, fortune telling, a photo booth, family yoga, food trucks and more.

Sunday, Feb. 22:

Seryn: The sextet from Denton will be at Dan’s Silverleaf singing new-age folk songs you can’t help but love.

Image via The Ticket

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