1. Trees can grow food for you.
Who doesn’t want to grow their own food at home? You don’t even have to be a gardener to enjoy the “fruits” of your labor.
there are many different species of trees that produce an edible crop, suited for many different types of climates. You’re sure to be able to find a tree that suits your area, except for the driest and coldest places.
A few examples are chestnuts, apples, pears, walnuts, pecans, hickory nuts, paw paws, oranges, lemons, and cherries.
2. Trees clean pollutants out of the air.
An increase in air pollution has lead to an increase in asthmatic conditions. But trees can help with that. Trees actually remove harmful substances from the air, such as nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide, and ozone. A single tree can remove 10 lbs of these pollutants a year. Surrounding your home with trees is like turning on the best air purifier ever invented.
3. Trees improve physical health and speed up healing.
Trees don’t just remove bad stuff from the air. They add good stuff as well. There is a group of organic compounds called terpenes found in plants and some insects that promote good health and healing. Having more trees around your home, especially conifers, can increase the amount of these compounds in the air. As you breathe terpenes in , they activate systems in your body that reduce anxiety and increase healthy bodily functions.
4. Trees reduce noise pollution.
We live in a pretty loud world. Cars, airplanes, mowers, tractors, radios, television, computers, etc. We are surrounded by noise. And while any barrier can help to reduce the amound of sound vibrations that make it to your ears, trees do an excellent job while being beautiful at the same time.
Think about the texture on the inside of a sound booth. It has all those bads with ridges to soak up the vibrations. Now think abotu the shape of a tree. Lots of surface area wrapped around trunks, branches, and leaves. It’s a very complex shape that will dampen all kinds of noise. A reduction in noise level can lead to better sleep, less anxiety, and a greater sense of wellness.
5. Trees act as a privacy screen.
In addition to screening out noise, trees are a great way to create privacy. And trees are a lot more beautiful than a fence. A privacy screen of trees around your house can help you feel safe, secure, and secluded, even in a busy suburb.
6. Trees act as a wind break.
Do you live in a place with a lot of wind? Wind can tear off siding, cause other damage, and create drafts in your house. Trees act as a line of defense against the power of the wind, interrupting the fluid pathways of air. A windbreak planted around your home creates a more mild microclimate of calm air.
7. Trees decrease your energy bill.
In addition to preventing drafts, strategic planting of trees around your house can help you save on your energy bill. Specifically in regards to heading and cooling.
Evergreen trees planted on the east, north, and south sides of your home will protect your home from cold air currents coming down from the north during winter.
Deciduous trees planted along the south side of the building create shade in summer, which helps to keep your house cool. Then in the winter they loose their leaves and let in sunlight, which helps warm your house up.
This is for the Northern Hemisphere. If you live in the Southern hemisphere, the directions are reversed.
8. Trees sequester carbon.
Looking to decrease your carbon footprint? Trees can help. A single tree can sequester 22 to 45 lbs of carbon a year. Use the land around your home to create a carbon sink. This is good for the planet, and helps you take ownership of your impact on the environment.
9. Trees create habitat for animals
Planting trees is a great way to draw wildlife to your home. It is so enjoyable to watch squirrels chase each other up and down trees, listen to song birds singing in the branches. Trees make great habitat for all kinds of wildlife. Planting some around your home can draw a rather entertaining crowd for your amusement.
10. Trees are easy to plant and long lived.
Dig hole, place tree in hole, add mycorrhizal spores, fill in with dirt, water. Bam. You planted a tree. It’s such an easy thing to do, and makes a long lasting impact on you, your family, and the planet. Trees can live for hundreds, even thousands of years. What easier way to change the world for years to come than by planting a tree?
Even if you are renting, consider asking your landlord if you could plant some trees on the property. It never hurts to ask, and you can share what you have learned with them. Planting trees is good for the planet, and us. The more the merrier!
You can also support the planting of trees in other countries through ClickaTree.com
Do you have trees growing around your house? What are your favorite species? Please share your thoughts and insights in the comments below.