The benefits of trees cover a variety of aspects of our everyday lives. While many people think of trees as just something to look at, they actually offer us so much more. Below are a list of some of the great benefits trees have to offer.
- Trees provide us with oxygen. In one year an acre of mature trees can provide enough oxygen for 18 people everyday. A single mature tree produces enough oxygen to keep one man breathing for an entire year.
- Trees protect our families from harmful ultraviolet rays. Trees reduce UV-B exposure by around 50%, which helps protect our families when spending time outdoors.
- Trees help us heal. Studies have shown that patients with views of trees from their windows heal faster with less complications.
- Exposure to trees and nature aids concentration by reducing mental fatigue.
Cost & Property Benefits
- Trees help cut back our water bills in the summer. The shade provided by a tree slows water evaporation from thirsty lawns.
- Strategically placed trees around your home can cut summer air conditioning needs by up to 50%. By planting evergreen trees strategically around your home you can save up to 50% on winter heating cost as the trees will act as a “windbreaker” from cold gusts.
- Trees can increase the price of your home from 3% to 20% depending on the type, scarcity and maturity of existing trees.
- Studies have shown that the more trees and landscaping a business district has the more business will increase. Tree-lined streets also slow traffic to allow drivers to enjoy the trees and notice the store fronts instead of flying right by.
- Trees help keep our air clean, by absorbing pollutant gases and dust from the air. Each season one acre of trees removes approximately 13 tons of dust and gases.
- Trees help fight the greenhouse effect, by absorbing CO2 (Carbon Dioxide), which is a major greenhouse gas. When the trees absorb C)2, they are removing and storing the CO2 while releasing oxygen back into the air.
- Trees that grow on hillsides of stream slopes help to prevent soil erosion by slowing runoff and holding soil in place.
- Trees provide a habitat and canopy for wildlife.
- Trees help prevent water pollution, by reducing runoff by breaking rainfall which allows the water to flow down the trunk and into the earth below the tree. This prevents the storm water from carrying pollutants into our waterways and oceans.
- Some trees provide food for not only humans but for wildlife as well. A single apple tree can produce 15-20 bushels of apples a year.
- A barren neighborhood is more likely to have a higher rate of violence in and out of the home, then those of its greener counterparts.