Benefits of Planting Trees
Most often, we plant trees to provide shade and beauty for our landscapes. These are great benefits, but trees also provide other less obvious benefits.
- Trees are often planted as living memorials or reminders of loved ones or to commemorate events in our lives.
- Even though you may own the trees on your property, your neighbors benefit from them as well. Through careful planning, trees can be an asset to your entire community.
- Tree-lined streets have a “traffic calming” effect. Traffic moves more slowly and safely.
- Trees can be placed to screen unwanted views or noise from busy highways.
- Trees improve our air quality by filtering harmful dust and pollutants such as ozone, carbon monoxide, and sulfur dioxide from the air we breathe.
- Trees give off oxygen that we need to breathe.
- Well-placed trees can reduce cooling costs in the summer by shading the south and west sides of your home. If deciduous trees are used they will allow the sun to pass through in the winter.
- Evergreen trees on the north side of your home and shrubs around the foundation of your home can act as a windbreaker to reduce the cooling effect of winter winds.
- The value of a well landscaped home with mature, healthy trees can be as much as 20% higher than a home with no or little landscaping.