Shelter it from wind, rain and the sun. Shelter protection will extend the life of your shingles and other building materialsso you will have to do repairs less often.
Block UV rays and shade your property. Vehicles and buildings use up huge amounts of energy just running air conditioning units during hot summer months.
Reduce winter heating costs by not only trapping heated air under their enormous canopies, but also deflecting cold winds from the north. By trapping hot air in and keeping cold air out, tree planting slows the radiant heat loss from the ground on a cold night.
Help other shrubs in the area get all the water they need. Tree roots give rainwater a better opportunity to be absorbed into the soil and they hold that moisture in. Smaller vegetation can benefit from the moisture trapped by tree roots.
Why More Cities Are Planting Trees
Now that we understand the basics of how trees benefit you and your house, what about city municipalities? Think about all those energy savings on a much larger scale. Some cities use trees to save millions of taxpayer’s dollars and urban centers are only beginning to incorporate the full benefits of planting trees when planning streets and park landscapes.
Planting trees beside city streets will extend the life of the pavement, relax drivers and reduce glare that may otherwise be in their eyes. Through these benefits, boulevard trees can be linked to reducing stress levels and ultimately road-rage in drivers. Without boulevard trees, roads usually only last 30-40 years and they have to be resurfaced every 7-10 years to keep them from crumbling. Lining city streets with boulevard trees actually slows down their “crumbling” process so much so, that streets can go 20-25 years before needing to be resurfaced again.
Did I mention that trees work to filter the air and remove nasty pollutants? And, tests have shown us that city streets are typical of having high levels of airborne toxins near to them. Tests have shown that a line of trees beside the same polluted street can remove up to 60% of the harmful gas concentrations from the air.
Reducing levels of Carbon Dioxide in the air is one thing, but city trees also absorb as much as 50% of urban noise pollution. So if your house is located near a major city street hopefully there are a lot of boulevard trees to keep the noise levels down.
A forested area helps soil filter water and increases the rate of ground water recharge by 10 times. That is a huge benefit if your city’s water supply is pulled from the ground. City trees make an area more attractive for residents and tourists by adding a tremendous amount of beauty and colour to our landscapes and environment. A city that pays to plant trees surely saves money in the long run.
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