Maybe it was lightning, a storm, disease, or old age that made your wonderful tree get to being not so wonderful. Whatever the reason, you’ve got a tree dying and have to decide if its worth saving. Unfortunately, when someone is asking that question it’s often late in the process of a healthy tree declining, drastic measures have to be taken, and maybe with some patience you can save the old girl. After you read these facts on all that trees do for us that tree you’re thinking about saving may save your life.
Can My Tree Change the World?
If everyone saved their dying trees the world would most definitely be a better place. It can be quite obvious a tree is not easily replaced. Trees provide protection from the elements, improved cooling in the summer and warming in the winter. Best of all trees offer a beautification of your property no stone wall, new planted tree, or bushes can accomplish. Towering upwards of 40, 50 or even 100 ft in the air a mature tree is an absolute worth saving endeavor.
You may not realize it but your tree, that one your thinking about saving can do more than make your property or increase value. A mature tree can be around for generations and do some pretty amazing things for our world.
Trees clean the air
Trees absorb odors and pollutant gases (nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and ozone) and filter particulates out of the air by trapping them on their leaves and bark.
In one year an acre of mature trees can provide enough oxygen for 18 people.”
Trees save water
Shade from trees slows water evaporation from thirsty lawns. Most newly planted trees need only fifteen gallons of water a week. As trees transpire, they increase atmospheric moisture.
Trees shield children from ultra-violet rays
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Trees reduce UV-B exposure by about 50 percent, thus providing protection to children on school campuses and playgrounds – where children spend hours outdoors.
Studies have shown that patients with views of trees out their windows heal faster and with less complications. Children with ADHD show fewer symptoms when they have access to nature.
Trees reduce violence
Neighborhoods and homes that are barren have shown to have a greater incidence of violence in and out of the home than their greener counterparts. Trees and landscaping help to reduce the level of fear.
Trees block things
Trees muffle sound from nearby streets and freeways, and create an eye-soothing canopy of green. Trees absorb dust and wind and reduce glare.
Trees increase business traffic
Studies show that the more trees and landscaping a business district has, the more business will flow in. A tree-lined street will also slow traffic – enough to allow the drivers to look at the store fronts instead of whizzing by.
Looking for some more ideas on why it’s important to save your tree? Check out this list from TreePeople.com where we got the ideas for this list and you may just be amazed.
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