The Benefits of Trees
Trees; as you may very well know can do amazing things for the environment. A single tree will sequester a tonne of carbon dioxide in its lifetime. That's not all trees can do. Trees can be used to prevent erosion, reduce cooling costs, act as a windbreak and filter dirty water. If trees were an invention, they'd be the best one.
The aforementioned benefits may sway you to grow a few trees. Some people are handy enough to plant trees to maximize their benefits while keeping those trees from destroying the patio, interfering with power lines, dropping branches on the roof or incringing on the neighbour’s property. If you don't think your thumb is green enough to handle all that, then you should give Precise Pruning a call.
10 Great Reasons to Hug the Nearest Tree
1. Trees Provide Oxygen (and Reduce Climate Change)The equation is rather fundamental: During photosynthesis, a tree "inhales" CO2 from the air and then separates the carbon from the oxygen molecules. The carbon is absorbed by the tree, which then "exhales" pure oxygen back into the air for us to breathe. In the process just described, trees also serve as carbon sinks. Trees naturally absorb carbon dioxide for photosynthesis, sequestering the carbon and converting it into mass while releasing the oxygen back into the atmosphere. Such carbon sinks offset carbon dioxide emissions and reduce climate change.
2. Trees Provide Food
Trees offer food like nuts and fruits for humans and other creatures. Many animals eat leaves for nourishment. Flowers are eaten, and the nectar is a favourite of birds, bats, and many insects. Animals also eat much of the same fruit that we enjoy. This process helps disperse seeds over great distances.
3. Trees Provide HomesFrom nearly microscopic insects to camouflaged reptiles to our fine feathered friends to wily primates and beyond, each tree is a vast, thriving eco-system in and of itself. The destruction of even a single small tree not only disrupts natural cycles, it also sentences countless creatures to death.
4. Trees Provide Medicine
For 5.1 billion people, 85% of the world's population; herbs as the primary source for medicines. Even in a modern society like Canada and the U.S, plants are the original source materials for as many as 40% of the pharmaceuticals in use.
5. Trees Provide Shade and ProtectionDue to ozone depletion, we now have to endure increased amounts of potentially dangerous ultraviolet radiation. Thanks to our tree friends, we get some shade and protection and thus (we hope) less skin cancer.
6. Trees Provide Energy SavingsHave you ever noticed as we travel on our highways to see more interesting places, that many farmhouses are surrounded by trees? Farmers know that planting trees in the right place is not only good for their houses, it's also good for the land. The trees act as a windbreak, also known as a shelterbelt, keeping the snow from drifting up against the house. It also keeps that valuable topsoil in place. In our Urban settings we can use the same principals to make our houses more energy efficient with proper tree placement.
7. Trees Provide Pollution ReductionTrees absorb pollutants like sulphur dioxide, ozone and nitrogen oxides through the stomates in the surface of their leaves. Up to a 60% reduction in street level particulates or airborne pollution have been found on tree-lined streets and roadways. Trees also muffle urban noise pollution.
8. Trees provide Erosion and Flood PreventionDeforestation negatively impacts the amount of water in the soil, groundwater and the moisture in the atmosphere. Without tree roots to hold soil in place and fight erosion, we are seeing more runoff and less sediment deposit after storms. This results in higher levels of chemicals in our water and far more flooding.
9. Trees provide Soil EnrichmentFallen leaves make excellent compost that enriches soil. When needles and leaves fall they do not need to be wasted. They can decompose and restock the soil with nutrients and make up part of the spongy soft layer of the forest floor, that absorbs and holds rainfall. Fallen leaves and needles also become food for numerous soil organisms vital to the forest ecosystem.
10. Trees Provide Natural Beauty and HealthSome folks look at trees and see only lumber and profits, while people who love trees see the natural beauty and the vast amount of wisdom from which we have so much more to learn.