Why plant Trees?
The question is simple and basic, but often not considered carefully enough when selecting trees. Before planting think about what benefits you would like your tree to provide. The addition of trees to your landscape is important for many reasons.
Consider some of the following reasons for planting trees:
- Energy conservation
Trees planted strategically on the west, south and east sides of your home can reduce cooling costs by up to 50%. Deciduous trees shade your home during the hot summer months, while allowing sunlight to warm your home during the winter. Planting evergreen trees on the north side of your home will slow winter winds which can reduce heating costs by up to 30%.
- Increased property value
Trees enhance the economic vitality of a city. Trees can increase property values by as much as 20%.
- Wildlife habitat
Trees provide food and shelter for birds and other wildlife in our urban environment.
Trees beautify our urban environment by making our communities more livable and helping to restore our mental health and well being.
- Improved air quality
Trees act as filters by trapping dust and absorbing air pollutants, while releasing vital oxygen.
- Storm water reduction
Trees help reduce storm water runoff and soil erosion, while improving water quality.