By Nancy Penrose
Fall is fast approaching, bringing us to the perfect season for planting trees.
There are many benefits to planting a tree in your yard. In fact, I’d bet there are a lot more benefits than you ever realized. Here are a few of our favorite reasons planting a tree helps you and those around you.
Trees Help Improve Your Health
Everyone knows that trees provide oxygen for the environment, but there are other health benefits to living in an area with lots of trees. Studies have been done that show trees can help to boost your immune system, lower blood pressure, increase energy level and even improve your sleep.
Spending time around trees can even reduce stress and help improve your mood. Studies have indicated that patients in hospitals recovered from surgery more quickly when their rooms offered a view of trees. Another study showed that kids in school tended to retain more information from classes when the kids spent a bit of time each day outdoors around plants and trees. Having more trees in an area and spending time around them can help everyone reduce stress.
Trees Help Improve Your Community
There are several ways trees improve a community. Trees can compliment the architecture in a neighborhood. This enhances both the general aesthetic and property values of the buildings.
Many people decide to have privacy screens of trees line their yard. This creates a living barrier between properties or between a property and the street. Many people feel this natural option is better than a wall or fence for ensuring privacy in their yard.
Studies have even indicated that trees lining streets can have a calming effect on the traffic moving through a neighborhood, with vehicles moving more slowly and safely. It all comes back to the natural reduction in stress when people more regularly spend time in an area with trees.
Trees Help the Environment
It is common knowledge that trees provide oxygen for the atmosphere and that this is beneficial. What is not as commonly known is that this isn’t the only way trees help the environment.
There is an “urban heat island effect”: areas where the trees or vegetation in an area have been largely replaced by concrete and pavement tend to get hotter. Usually, the trees and other vegetation help to mitigate this and cool an area off, but with very few trees the heat is trapped in the area and this can actually result in rising energy costs (such as air conditioning), more air pollution and other problems. Planting more trees in an area mitigates this factor and cools the whole area down.
There is a bit more to be said about what trees do for the atmosphere. They filter out harmful dust and pollutants such as ozone and carbon monoxide. So having an abundance of trees in an area helps to naturally filter the air and reduce air pollution.
Trees Can Have Economic Benefits
There are actually a few ways that trees can help a property economically.
Evergreen trees on a property can act as a windbreak and reduce heating costs for a home in winter. In summer, having trees around your home can help reduce cooling costs by providing shade that cuts down on the amount of sun your home gets.
Trees also tend to improve the value of a property. A property that is well landscaped with trees can raise property value by an appreciable amount.
In summary, there are many benefits to planting trees. They help you, your community and the environment in countless ways. We’d all benefit from a few more trees being planted, so this fall let’s do just that!
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.