If you have a lot of trees on your property, you may find it an annoyance at times. Raking large piles of leaves numerous times a year, noticing pesky squirrels rustling around throughout the day, and having to maintain each tree can all be frustrating after a while. However, the trees surrounding your residence and within your community are doing a lot of good for our environment. Let’s take a look at the ways they benefit us:
- Trees provide food. Apple trees in particular can provide up to 20 bushels of fruit per year and can be planted on even the smallest of residential properties.
- Trees prevent water pollution. By breaking rainfall and allowing water to seep into the ground by way of its trunk, a tree can reduce runoff and prevent storm water from carrying different pollutants into our rivers, lakes, and oceans.
- Trees provide for wildlife. Trees are home to many different species of birds and other small animals and provide food for them in addition to shelter.
- Trees allow privacy. If your home doesn’t have a tall barrier between you and your neighbor or a place of business, tall trees can act as a natural barrier, allowing you the privacy you desire at home.
- Trees provide wood. When residential trees are harvested, they can provide wood for burning and crafting.
- Trees mark the time of year. Most trees (excluding evergreens) have different appearances depending on the season, which allows your property to have a unique look every few months.
- Trees improve property value. Well-planted trees and other landscaping additions add natural beauty to a property, which can increase the value of your home when it comes time to sell.
- Trees provide cleaner air. Trees are beneficial in providing oxygen, as most know, but they also absorb pollutant gases and filter particulates out of the air with their bark and leaves.
- Trees provide shade. The canopy of a tree can give you a shady area to relax and can also help block the sun from casting harsh rays inside your home.
- Trees fight the greenhouse effect. While absorbing carbon dioxide, trees store carbon and release oxygen back out into the air.
- Trees conserve energy. If you have trees surrounding your property, your house will receive less direct sunlight which means you can cut down on utility use and your HVAC system won’t have to use as much energy to cool your home.
- Trees are calming. Studies show that sick patients and even those with regular mental fatigue who have regular exposure to trees and nature typically heal quicker than those who don’t.
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