Many people want to have trees in their yard, but wonder if it would be better or worse for their home. However, trees have a variety of benefits from helping the environment to actually raising your property values. Following are just some of the ways that your home and the environment benefit from trees.
Trees Increase Oxygen
An Arbor Day Foundation report stated that a mature leafy tree can produce as much oxygen in a season as 10 people inhale in a year. An estimate by the United States Forest Service (FIA) of how many leafy and mature trees exist in the United States is about 1.5 billion that have reached maturity, are at least 20 years old, and number about three such trees per person. A single mature tree can absorb carbon dioxide at 48 pounds per year, release an average of close to 260 pounds of oxygen each year, and two can provide the oxygen needed by a family of four.
Trees Shield Your Home From Weather and Conserve Energy
In addition to the functions of beauty and shade, mature trees protect your home by slowing wind speed to minimize damage from storms, keep rainwater from running across the property and taking topsoil and other beneficial organic matter with it, stabilize soil, reduce erosion, increase the fertility of the soil, store water, moderate soil and air temperatures, reduce bothersome noise up to 50%, and much more. Properly placed trees around buildings conserve energy and can reduce air conditioning needs by up to 50% and save 20 to 50 percent in heating energy. North Carolina State University’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences reports that one large tree can lift out of the ground as much as 100 gallons of water and discharge it into the air in just one day.
Trees Give Food and Homes to Birds and Wildlife
Trees nurture birds, other wildlife, and beneficial insects by providing nesting, shade, resting spots, shelter from weather extremes, reducing air and water temperatures, and more. The fruits, flowers, buds, leaves, and woody parts of trees are used as food by many different species. If you want to keep your trees healthy enough to support your needs and the local wildlife, consult with an arborist on what type is best for your region and what care it needs.
Trees add Value to Your Home
One way that trees increase your property’s value is that, if it is well-landscaped, it is more attractive and can raise property values by as much as 15%. Trees have an eye-soothing green canopy, provide privacy, look a lot better than a fence, mask unsightly views, muffle sounds from nearby streets and freeways, and more.
Trees are the only living organisms with a lifespan greater than humans, and the oldest living tree has spanned over 150 human generations. The enduring value of trees is their ability to turn the energy of the sun into oxygen, which sustains all humans and other animal life.
Advocates against deforestation including environmentalists and geologists constantly warn against the consumption of trees for industrial purposes. The rapid rate of deforestation is also contributing to global warming since trees are necessary to consume the atmosphere’s carbon dioxide. Replanting trees should be a top priority to ensure preservation of the delicate balance that enables photosynthesis to take place.
- Meghan Belnap is the author of this post.