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Why should we all plant new trees?
Garden trees do not only provide beauty and shade, they also have other major benefits besides their aesthetic value. The benefits one wants to attain from them should be put into consideration when deciding on the species of the trees to plant. Nevertheless, the following are some of the major benefits of garden trees regardless of the tree species.
According to Associated Landscape Contractors based in the U.S.A, landscaping using trees or plant material enhances the value at which a property may be sold at by as much as 14%. Garden trees have also been found to make a property sell much faster by up to 6 weeks, based on a research done by the same company. The United States energy department found out that shaded homes needed lesser air conditioning which eventually lowered energy costs by approximately 15% or more. It may, however, be difficult to accurately assess the economic value of garden trees as the economic benefits may either be direct or indirect. Energy costs are mostly the direct benefits. Not only do garden trees lower air conditioning costs, they also lower heating costs by acting as wind breaks. Indirect benefits are for the society as a whole in that companies utilise lesser air pollution control measures, minimise on the amount of fossil fuel they burn so as to cool or heat a building amongst others.
Trees are important to the environment as they moderate climate, conserve water, provide shelter for wildlife and importantly, improve air quality. Trees absorb energy from the sun making the surrounding area cooler. Trees also act as wind breakers preventing erosion and damage to buildings especially if the wind is strong enough. Similarly, they lower the speed of rainfall such that the impact of the rain drops on the soil is minimized. Eventually, they not on prevent erosion due to rain drops, but they also act as barriers and lower the speed of surface runoff. Similarly, their roots hold soil firmly on the ground which further prevents erosion. They also filter groundwater and prevent pollutants from washing into nearby water bodies.
Planting more trees in cities greatly lowers the heat-island effect due to pavements and buildings. In addition, garden trees absorb carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, ozone as well as sulphur dioxide. When trees absorb carbon dioxide for photosynthesis, they give out oxygen. Humans need oxygen more for normal functioning of then body organs. Trees also attract wildlife to settle on them making an urban dwelling appear more natural.
Garden trees provide beauty in our living spaces. It is also fun to hang around a place filled with trees as it feels cool and very natural. This is why many parks have many trees. Patients recovering from surgical procedures have been found to heal much quicker when they are able to view trees. Similarly, people feel more restful, serene and peaceful and more at home when surrounded by trees.
Therefore, trees are vital to our everyday lives. Whether they are in the forests or on our gardens, they purify the air we breathe, filter water and make our environment much cooler.