Best Reasons to Plant New Trees
Trees certainly make our space more beautiful but there are many other great reasons why you should plant new trees. Let’s look at some of those.
- Clean Air – Trees clean the air by absorbing pollutant gases like ammonia, nitrogen oxides, and sulfur dioxide. They also absorb odors and they filter out particulates in the air.
- Cool the Streets – Trees can cool a city by as much as 10°F because they shade homes and streets and break up urban heat.
- Provide Oxygen – In a year just a single acre of mature trees can provide enough oxygen for 18 individuals.
- Conserve Energy – If you strategically place three trees around a single family dwelling it can cut air conditioning costs by as much as 50 percent, because it will reduce the energy demands for the cooling of your house.
- Prevents Soil Erosion – On stream slopes and hillsides, trees will slow the runoff and help to hold the soil where it belongs.
- Save Water – The shade from trees will slow down water evaporation on lawns that are thirsty.
- Provide Food– There are all kinds of fruit trees that provide a great deal of food. For example just a single apple tree can yield as much as 20 bushels of apples annually and can be planted on a small urban lot.
- Prevent Water Pollution – Trees will reduce the amount of runoff because they break the rainfall so that the water can flow down the trunk to the ground. This prevents the storm water from carrying the pollution to the ocean.
- Heal – There have been studies done that show that patients who have views of trees actually heal faster than those who do not. Children who have ADHD have fewer symptoms when they are able to access nature than those who do not. Trees can also improve mental fatigue and concentration.
That’s just a handful of the best reasons to plant new trees. There are plenty of others!