Owning a property brings a lot of responsibilities. One of these responsibilities is to manage the tree population. Some land owners only have a few trees to be concerned with and others have acres of them. No matter what size the lot is, it is important to realize that healthy trees will benefit the environment and even the health of those around them. Here are some ways that having healthy trees benefits everyone and even cuts down on pollution.
It is sometime easy to forget that a tree is a living thing that is constantly working to clean the air around us. It is estimated that one large tree can provide enough clean oxygen to support two people. Trees also trap pollutants from the air in their leaves, bark and branches turning once toxic air into fresh, breathable oxygen. One of the major gases scientists believe is responsible for the greenhouse effect is carbon dioxide. Trees absorb this gas in large quantities and turn it into oxygen. Healthy trees can do this on a large scale and actually significantly lessen the effect of greenhouse gases.
Trees Help Save Water and Energy
Having a healthy group of trees around your house can help save water and increase local moisture. The shade provided by the green canopy above slows down the rate of evaporation and allows for plants and lawns to become healthier and need less watering. It is also true that when you place healthy trees around your home or even around an office building that they will reduce cooling costs. Some estimate that the shade provided can save as much as 50% of the cost of electricity people use to cool their homes. Not only does this save energy, it saves money people have to use to pay for that energy. Trees are energy savers which reduces pollution.
Trees Prevent Runoff Pollution
Runoff pollution occurs when water after a rainfall carries pollutants from a location and disperses them into the water systems lakes, rivers, and oceans. Trees are capable of absorbing about 100 gallons of water from the earth and dispersing it through the air. When rain falls the roots of the trees absorb large quantities of the water and don’t allow large runoff problems to occur, keeping our natural bodies of water clean and healthy. Trees actually act as a filter cleaning the water of pollutants naturally.
Trees are a natural support system for many different species of life. When too many trees are cut then the whole ecosystem can become destroyed and that type of pollution coming from poor forestry management can lead to extinction of a species. Trees also keep the soil of your land healthy by preventing erosion and also providing nutrients through their falling leaves.
Trees Improve People’s Lives
If all of that isn’t enough to encourage you to help manage a healthy tree population, here are a few ways that trees make the lives of human beings better. They provide food that is healthy and natural. Apples, pears, nuts, plums, oranges, grapefruits, all are harvested from trees. Each provides healthy sustenance that will keep your body healthy. In the city, trees provide shade, produce oxygen, reduce noise pollution and provide aesthetic beauty as well that all people can enjoy. It has also been suggested through research that green locations in urban areas promote wellness, reducing stress and provide a higher quality of life. The average life span of a tree is 100-150 years and that is a lot of reducing pollution and producing oxygen.
It is clear that planting and maintaining a healthy tree population in your community is beneficial for the people in that location and around the world. If you need tree maintenance or are interested in planting new trees and you live in the Toronto area then call Timberline Tree Service at 416-878-2108. Help keep trees healthy and lessen the effects of pollution.