Planting and nurturing trees is integral to promoting a healthy lifestyle for your family, and it helps the environment, to boot! You may think, “Planting trees isn’t too difficult, but I have a lot things going on,” to which I say, “No!” Plant trees today.
Even one is enough. These 14 tree benefits go to prove that.
1. Trees Clean Your Air
The leaves and bark of trees, as we will find out, are incredible organs. In this case, they absorb and take care of toxins endemic to the air of an industrialized nation.
A tree filters out nitrogen oxide, ammonia, and ozone from the air via their bark and leaves, and often unbind the oxygen enriching themselves in the process.
2. Trees Save on Heating
Large coniferous trees, that is, evergreens and their ilk, are brilliant for blocking those cold winter winds. Their thick branches, filled with needles all year round, are able to effectively keep the chill away from the almost porous walls of your home.
This in turn saves on heating, all while lessening your own environmental footprint. This double hitter of a benefit does take a few years to come to fruition, as it requires fairly large coniferous trees.
3. Trees Protect you From Storms
The root systems of trees are also amazing organs. They protect the soil and those who roam above it, from myriad troubles, including those during the most dire of times.
When large storms hit, trees are there to keep those around them safe. Their powerful roots soak up the torrents, preventing underground flooding. Trees care for you in your direst times as you cared for them.
4. Trees Give You Privacy
No one likes being looked in on. And if you live anywhere where your neighbors aren’t half a mile away on either side, you respect the benefits of privacy. Arborvitaes, are most useful in this way.
Plant them on either side of your fence and you’ve got a place where you can let your hair down. They re thick, and if planted in any proximity to each other, they are just about impossible to see through.
5. Trees Make Oxygen
Who doesn’t enjoy oxygen? The short answer to that is trees. Trees, unlike us, thrive on carbon dioxide, which we’ll get to later. Photosynthesis, the process by which all green plants produce energy, requires carbon dioxide.
It breaks that molecule up and releases the waste product, our old friend oxygen, out into the world. It’s due to this process that the average tree can provide a whopping 100 kilograms of oxygen per year.
6. Trees Provide Wood
As we all know, trees are made of wood. In fact, tress are wood. Once you have a tree of decent size, there are methods by which you can prune the tree during winter, keeping it healthy while providing you with a steady stream of firewood.
There isn’t any great loss to the tree, though pruning safely is important for both parties.
7. Trees Prevent Soil Erosion
Those impressive roots are back at it again, protecting against the scourge of soil erosion. Over time, rain and other forms of weather weather the soil, driving it downhill towards the nearest valley or water source.
Trees counteract this is two different ways. First, they keep hold of much of the water that breaks down the soil. Second, they physically bind the soil to them, keeping with from sliding downhill as it grows muddy. Between these methods, forested areas fair much better than their non-forested counterparts over time.
8. Trees Increase Property Value
Generally, people love greenery, even if they rarely make use of it. This fact drives up home and rental prices in well wooded areas. While this doesn’t hold well for places that are already surrounded by vast woodlands, in urban and suburban areas home buyers love nearby trees.
For the most part, this means that the more wooded the non-rural area is, the more the trees increase the property value.
9. Trees Save the Environment
One side effect of cleaning the air of toxins is that trees also clean the environment. As mentioned earlier, carbon dioxide is an integral part of photosynthesis.
This means that trees are always necessarily scrubbing the atmosphere around them of the greenhouse gases that are progressively warming the climate we all are dealing with. Greenery is green and we should be planting it as often as possible.
10. Trees Help Kids Focus
When given the opportunity to express themselves outside in naturalistic environments, children have demonstrated increased focus across the spectrum of intellectual capabilities.
It has also been shown to decrease the more extreme effects of ADHD, and improve performance in school.
11. Trees Clean Your Water
The continued cleansing effect of trees cannot be underestimated. Their branches clean the air and their roots clean the groundwater.
Roots strain out large molecules, such as heavy metals, effectively from the water. Over time, tree roots filter the groundwater of toxins as the water cycle progresses, producing cleaner drinking water for areas fed by groundwater, as opposed to those fed by reservoirs.
12. Fruit Trees Provide Food
Have you ever enjoyed a fresh apple plucked right off of the tree? There are few things more satisfying than eating fruit that you grew yourself. The first year that a tree bears fruit is like watching a child’s graduation.
All the effort put into nurturing that tree comes to fruition. On top of that, you get to eat delicious, organic fruit all year round, if you know how to preserve it.
13. Trees Keep You Cool
Like the coniferous trees in winter, deciduous trees keep the sun off of you and your home, providing shade and comfort during the hottest days of summer. Unsurprisingly, this cuts down on your air conditioning bill, though this effect is smaller than that of coniferous trees.
14. Trees are Beautiful
At the end of the day, one of the most worthwhile aspects of planting trees is the opportunity to look out your windows and stare into the flowers of spring, the green leaves of summer, and the beautiful reds and oranges of autumn.
Even if nothing else convinces you to plant a tree this year, the thought of the beauty you’ll be adding to your life must be worth it.
Start Planting Some Trees Today!
It’s important to plant trees. If not for the world’s environment, then for your environment. If not for your community, then for you family. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of everyone that comes into contact with the beautiful foliage created by the planting of so many trees.
There are so many benefits for the small amount of time required to nurture a tree to adulthood. From economic, to environmental, to familial concerns, there’s no reason not to get out there, roll up your sleeves and plant some trees.