5 Reasons to Love & Protect Your Urban Trees
August 18, 2014
Wondering why we work so hard to protect our urban trees? Here a a few great reasons!
Top 5 reasons to love your urban trees.
Shade: Here in Texas, we need our shade! Large, strategically placed trees on the south and west sides of your home reduce the heat from the sun and help lower your electric bills. Did you know that shade trees can help you save as much as 30% on your energy costs in summer?! If you have trees shading your A/C compressors outdoors, it can boost the efficiency of the units by as much as 10%! Urban trees also shade concrete areas and roads, which reflect an abundant amount of heat.
Wildlife Habitat: Trees provide food and shelter for birds. In summer, trees provide shade and in winter berried trees provide food. Enjoy a variety of wildlife in your landscape by providing a variety of trees.
Trees Save Water: More water evaporates from unshaded areas of the landscape than is needed to water our trees to keep them healthy! Shaded lawns and gardens lose water to evaporation much more slowly. Plus, as trees transpire, they release moisture back into the air. Trees help reduce runoff from heavy rain storms as well.
Cleaner Air, More Oxygen! Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the air, storing the carbon and releasing the oxygen back into the air for us to use. One acre of mature trees absorbs the equivalent amount of CO2 that is produced from driving your car 26,000 miles. Trees also clean the air of nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and ozone. The air smells better wherever trees are found! Air quality in urban areas is a big concern. Planting more trees helps keep the air cleaner.
Privacy and Security: Live on a noisy street? Don’t like the view of your neighbors yard? Trees block your view when needed and reduce street noise. They can also help provide much needed privacy for your property in close city lots.
Posted: August 18, 2014