Most of us plant trees in our cities, gardens or communities to provide beauty and shade and, while these are obviously excellent reasons for planting trees, there are numerous other benefits which could be considered when choosing trees.
Trees alter the environment by improving the quality of the air we breathe, attracting wildlife, conserving water and moderating the effects of sun, wind and rain.
Within the urban environment trees can provide privacy, complement architecture, emphasize views and provide a beautiful backdrop for other plants. DISCOUNT CODE TSMD0010 When buildings or houses are shaded by trees the cost of air conditioning can be reduced by as much as 10% to 15%. Properties that have been beautified by planting trees within the landscape are more valuable than those without while street trees provide curb appeal, considerably raising the value of a whole area, as well as reducing run off and reflected heat from sidewalks and roads.
The quality of air is greatly improved by trees and the impact of global warming can be considerably reduced by planting them, as they absorb pollutants such as carbon monoxide and sulphur dioxide through their leaves, while returning oxygen to the environment. We can encourage birds and other wildlife to inhabit an area through the addition of trees, thereby recreating the natural cycles of growth, reproduction and decomposition that may have been lost through urban development.
Whether you choose trees for shade, colour, fruit, windbreaks, wildlife or for improving the environment, trees are a genuine and valuable investment, not only for our properties but also for our future.