By Nancy Penrose
Trees play a crucial role in our ecosystem, contributing significantly to our existence. They supply us with the essential oxygen needed for breathing, create habitats for wildlife, and contribute to our food sources. However, their importance extends even further. Explore these 8 compelling reasons why integrating trees into your landscaping is a wise decision.
- Enhancing property values. Boosting your home’s property value is a common desire. Incorporating trees and plants into your landscape can potentially increase property values by up to 20 percent, as per some estimates. This presents a favorable return on investment considering the minimal maintenance they require.
- Purifying the air. A single tree can absorb approximately 48 pounds of carbon dioxide annually and can sequester 1 ton of carbon dioxide by the age of 40. Moreover, trees filter odors and pollutants like nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide, and ozone, capturing particulates on their leaves and bark.
- Slowing water runoff. Planting trees can significantly reduce the risk of flash flooding. For instance, a fully grown Colorado Blue Spruce, whether cultivated or growing in the wild, can intercept over 1,000 gallons of water annually, aiding in recharging underground aquifers.
- Preventing soil erosion. The root system of trees binds the soil, and their leaves act as a protective barrier against wind and rain, effectively preventing soil erosion.
- Mitigating noise pollution. Strategically planted trees in neighborhoods or around homes can act as effective buffers against major noises, particularly beneficial for areas near freeways or airports.
- Cooling homes, streets, and cities. Trees can decrease city temperatures by up to 10°F by shading homes and streets, breaking up urban heat islands, and releasing water vapor into the air through their leaves.
- Saving on energy costs. In addition to temperature regulation, well-placed trees can reduce homeowners’ energy bills by up to 25 percent, providing shade in the summer and windbreaks in the winter.
- Enhancing aesthetic appeal. Undeniably, trees contribute to the stunning natural landscape. Whether it’s the blossoming buds in spring or the vibrant fall foliage, trees serve as beautiful decorations both indoors and outdoors.
Nancy Penrose is the owner of Big Trees Inc., located in Snohomish, WA in the Seattle area. The company is one of the largest tree nurseries in the Seattle area with over 120,000 trees available in over 300 varieties. They not only deliver young trees, but also mature trees in a wide range of sizes. Some types of trees available include spring flowering, deciduous, evergreen, and privacy trees. The company also does tree transplanting including large trees. Their blog can be seen at https://bigtreesupply.com/blog/ or http://arboristblog.com/. They can be reached at 360-563-2700.