Ten Benefits of Planting Trees
1. Cut summer air conditioning costs.
Properly placed deciduous shade trees can cut summer air conditioning bills by over 35 percent. East- and west-facing sides of a home are the most important to shade. In some areas, you can also cool a home by planting on the south side, but it is often left unshaded for solar access and to allow the warming sun to reach the house in winter.
“The net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to 10 room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day.” U.S. Department of Agriculture
2. Provide shelter and food for wildlife.
By providing safe shelter, food and nesting opportunities, trees attract all types of wildlife, from birds to squirrels.
3. Reduce erosion and storm runoff.
Pollution from storm runoff is fouling our waterways. Tree canopies deflect rain, causing it to hit the ground more slowly, increasing absorption. According to the USDA Forest Service, the planting of trees means improved water quality, resulting in less runoff and erosion. This allows more recharging of the ground water supply. Wooded areas also help prevent the transport of sediment and chemicals into streams.
4. Reduce winter heating bills.
A properly positioned Evergreen windbreak can buffer cold winter winds, reducing heating bills by over 10 percent.
5. Improve property values
Trees add to curb appeal and home value. According to the Arbor Day Foundation, trees can increase property values by as much as 15 percent.
And according to The Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers, a mature tree can often have an appraised value of between $1,000 and $10,000.
6. Reduce Carbon Dioxide in the Atmosphere.
Trees absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, reducing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and slowing global warming.
“One acre of forest absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide and puts out four tons of oxygen. This is enough to meet the annual needs of 18 people.” U.S. Department of Agriculture
7. Reduce air pollutants.
According to Ecology.com, trees are able to remove both gaseous pollutants and airborne particles. Gaseous pollutants absorbed by the leaves include ozone, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide. Airborne particles such as dust and smoke are temporarily removed from the air by mechanical interception, primarily on leaf surfaces.
8. Improve cities and neighborhoods.
Trees give our towns and neighborhoods a sense of place and well-being. They add serenity and a feeling of peacefulness. According to the Arbor Day Foundation, trees can be a stimulus to economic development, attracting new business and tourism. Commercial retail areas are more attractive to shoppers, apartments rent more quickly, tenants stay longer and space in a wooded setting is more valuable to sell or rent.
9. Help you relax.
"In laboratory research, visual exposure to settings with trees has produced significant recovery from stress within five minutes, as indicated by changes in blood pressure and muscle tension.” Dr. Roger S. Ulrich, Texas A&M University
10. Make a better world for you and your kids.
Planting trees is a statement that you believe in the future.