Benefits of tree planting

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Benefits of tree planting

By CHERYL April 21, 2020

Everyone can plant a tree & help fight climate change

  • Planting trees is a simple thing everyone can do to reduce carbon dioxide, a principal greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. No matter where you live, you can plant trees…and take a proactive, positive step toward keeping our planet healthy.
  • In one year, a mature tree will absorb more than 48 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and release oxygen in exchange.
  • In one year, an acre of mature trees absorbs the amount of CO2 produced by a car driven 26,000 miles.
  • Wherever you plant trees, they help fight climate change.

Trees help us save energy

  • They’ll provide shade to cool your home in summer and windbreaks to reduce cold winds in winter – reducing your energy needs.
  • Just three trees, properly placed around a house, can save up to 30% of energy use.
  • Trees or shrubs planted to shade air conditioners help cool a building more efficiently, using less electricity. A unit operating in the shade uses as much as 10% less electricity than the same one operating in the sun.

Trees provide us with oxygen

  • One large tree can provide a day’s supply of oxygen for up to four people.
  • More that 20% of the world’s oxygen is produced in the Amazon Rain forest.

Trees mark the Seasons

  • Beautiful flowering trees are the first signs of Spring.
  • Leafed out trees help provide us shade on a hot Summer day.
  • Vibrant colorful leaves bring us joy in the Fall and beautiful road trips.
  • Strong bare tree branches show winters beauty covered with snow and ice.

Trees provide privacy and muffle sounds

  • There is nothing better than an all-natural green privacy fence.
  • Trees can block out unsightly views.
  • We may like our neighbors but it’s nice to not see them all the time.
  • Trees will muffle sounds from nearby streets and highways.

Landscaping in general can add approximately 10 to 20 percent more value to your home. In combination, the effects of trees on property value can provide substantial return on investment for a relatively low-cost home improvement project. Never underestimate the value of a tree in your yard.