Homeowners with a spare bit of space in their yard or on their property’s grounds should consider using it to plant a tree (or even several). Below, Heritage Reforestation explains why choosing a tree sapling over other landscaping and gardening choices is beneficial not only to the homeowner, but to the climate and planet as a whole as well.
Planting a tree is a great way to give back to the environment. Not only can trees help to improve health and well-being, but they can also add value to a property. In warmer months, trees help to reduce energy consumption by shading the home, reducing the need to blast the air conditioning. In colder climates, trees can act as a windbreak to reduce drafts and help to save on heating costs, or potentially even prevent roof damage in storms.
Trees not only look good, but they can also help to reduce our environmental emissions. Trees absorb carbon dioxide and other harmful gases that cause air pollution to our atmosphere, leading to cleaner neighborhoods with a much lower carbon footprint.
In fact, a study concluded that in 2010, in the United States alone, trees helped to remove over 17.4 million tons of air pollution.
Urban areas also benefit from newly planted trees by mitigating the effects of climate change. Cities in general tend to be hotter than other places, due to the asphalt, cement, and greenhouse gases that build up. Trees help to cool things down by removing harmful gases, as well as to provide welcome shade.
By providing shade and cooling down the area around them, mature trees can help households to save on their energy bills by decreasing the usage of cooling systems. The amount a household could save from simply having trees ranges between $100 – $250 every single year.
For those looking to sell their property, having mature trees can add to the property value and boost the sale price. Statistics have shown that properties with mature trees in the yard have a value that is 10% higher than homes with a blank slate!
Health and Well-being
People who spend their time in areas with higher vegetation levels tend to be much healthier than those who are not surrounded by greenery in their day-to-day lives. Not only do they benefit from better air quality, but they often live longer, too.
A study by NASA and Boston University on the level of vegetation and tree coverage across the US came to the conclusion that over 38,000 deaths over the last 2 decades alone could have been delayed or completely prevented if there were more trees planted in urban areas.
Being around trees also has benefits for our mental health. Those living in areas with greater tree canopy coverage are less likely to suffer from issues relating to poor mental well-being.
What Types of Trees to Plant
Trees need room above them to grow taller, as well as below them for growing out their root structures. For those with smaller gardens and yards, though, there are trees that are suited to be placed closer to homes and buildings without causing structural damage.
Some of these trees are even fruit-producing, such as apple, pear, or plum trees, providing families with environmental benefits and tasty treats too!
With a wide variety of saplings to choose from for home planting, there is a tree to suit everyone, and the planet as a whole.