Since the beginning, trees have furnished us with two of life’s essentials, food and oxygen. As we evolved, they provides additional necessities such as shelter, medicine & tools. Today, their value continues to increase and more benefits of trees are being discovered as their role expands to satisfy the needs created by our modern lifestyles.
Trees are an important part of every community. Our strret, parks, playgrounds and backyards are lined with trees create a peaceful, aesthetically pleasing environment. Trees increase our quality of life by bringing natural elements and wildlife habitats into urban settings.
Using trees in cities to deflect the sunlight reduces the heat island effects caused by pavement and commercial buildings.
Trees contribute to their environment by providing oxygen, improving air quality, climate amelioration, conserving water, preserving soil, and supporting wildlife. During the process of photosynthesis, trees take in carbon dioxide and produce the oxygen we breathe. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, “One acre of forest absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide and puts out four tons of oxygen. This is enough to meet the annual needs of 18 people. “Trees, shrubs and turf also filter air by removing dust and absorbing other pollutants like carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide. After trees intercept unhealthy particles, rain washes them to the ground.
Both above and below ground, trees are essentials to the eco-system in which they reside. Far reaching roots hold soil in place and fight with erosion. Trees absorb and store rainwater which reduce runoff and sediment deposit after storms. This helps the ground water supply recharge, prevents the transport of chemical into stream. Fallen leaves make humus that enriches soils.
The main reason we like trees is because they are both beautiful and majestic. No two are alike. Different species display a seemingly endless variety of shapes, forms, textures and vibrant colours. Even individual trees vary their appearance throughout the course of the year as the season change. The strength, long lifespan and regal stature of trees give them a monument like quality. Most of us react to the presence of trees with a pleasant, relaxed, comfortable feeling. In fact, many people plants trees as living memorials of life changing events.
Trees help record the history of your family as they grow and develop alongside you and your kids. We often make an emotional connection with trees we plant personally attached to the ones that we see every day. It keep us touch of soil with soul.