There is always a good reason to plant a tree! Here are some of the top reasons planting a tree will benefit you and your home:
TREES PROVIDE OXYGEN
In one year an acre of mature trees can provide enough oxygen for eighteen people. It also only takes one mature tree to supply enough oxygen for ten people for one year.
TREES CLEAN THE AIR
Trees will absorb odors and filter out pollutant gases such as ammonia, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, ozone, and sulfur dioxide by trapping them on their leaves and bark. By intercepting airborne particles trees help cleanse the air, reduce heat, and remove air pollution by lowering air temperature.
TREES CONSERVE ENERGY
Placing trees strategically around a single-family home can cut summer air conditioning costs and needs by up to 50%. By reducing this energy demand for cooling our houses, we reduce our carbon footprint and other pollution that is released from power plants.
TREES HELP PREVENT SOIL EROSION
Trees help fight soil erosion, conserve rainwater, reduce water runoff and sediment deposit after storms. The root system of these trees holds soil, slowing runoff which prevents erosion on hillsides, steep banks, and stream slops. When there are no trees in these areas to stabilize the soil entire banks may wash away during storms or high periods of water.
TREES PROVIDE FOOD
Trees provide food for both humans and animals. An apple tree can produce up to 20 bushels of apples each year and will flourish on the tiniest city lot. Birds and small wildlife use the fruit and berries as a source of food too. Plus fruiting trees are a great asset to our pollinating friends!
TREES AID IN ANIMAL HABITAT
Planting trees provides a habitat for a variety of wildlife. Birds build nests, bees build hives, and squirrels use them as havens. They use the tree branches for shelter and protective cover from the elements of weather.
TREES MAKE GREAT SCREENS & WINDBREAKS
Trees that are planted strategically make excellent screens and are often used to muffle sound from busy streets, highways, and airports. They absorb dust, wind, reduce glare, and create a pleasant green canopy to view instead of that unsightly eye-sore such as power lines, concrete wall, parking lot, or that vacant unattended lot. During windy and cold season, trees act as a good windbreak which can lower heating costs by 30%. A reduction in wind on your property can reduce the drying effect on other plants behind the screen and also prevent property damage.
TREES PROVIDE WOOD
In suburban, rural, and populated areas, trees are selected and used for fuel, landscaping projects, and craft wood.
TREES MARK THE SEASONS
What time of the year is it? Look at the trees! Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter. Are trees started to bud out and bloom, that usually means spring is right around the corner. Are the leaves starting to change color and fall of the tree, that usually means fall is here and its time to start prepping for winter.
TREES INCREASE BUSINESS & CREATE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES
A tree-lined street will attract more business to a downtown area by slowing down traffic enough so that drivers can look at the store fronts. It makes for a pleasant walk and provides shade for pedestrians. Chances are you have parked your car under a tree in a parking lot on a hot summer day or sat under one at a café and enjoyed a bite to eat or refreshing drink.
Fruit harvested from trees grown in community orchards can be sold, this provides income to workers who harvest the crops, the owners of the orchard, and the fruit markets that sell the produce. Trees that are sold for lumber supply jobs for sawmills, lumberjacks, wood carvers, truck drivers who deliver and those who sell the lumber.
TREES INCREASE PROPERTY VALUES
The beauty of well-planted trees on your property, surrounding streets, and neighborhood can increase the value of your home by 15% or more.