There are so many benefits to having a tree or two (or six) around. And with Arbor Day quickly approaching — this year, it falls on Friday, April 25 — we’re in the mood to celebrate all our tall, leafy friends’ virtues. Here are 10 reasons we love trees, and why we think you should consider investing in a new one for 2014.
Trees Save You Money
Planting shade trees on the south and west faces of your house can reduce winter heating bills by up to 15 percent and summer cooling bills by up to 50 percent. As few as three trees can make a difference.
Trees Help Us Breathe
Through photosynthesis, trees absorb carbon dioxide and emit oxygen. The average tree can clean up to 330 pounds of carbon dioxide annually while emitting enough oxygen for a whole family. And they don’t even brag about it.
Trees Help Furry And Feathered Critters
Trees provide a habitat and refuge for urban wildlife, including homeless critters displaced by development. Hear that chattering? It’s the squirrels, thanking you.
Trees Provide Food
Trees can provide walnuts and pecans, apples, plums, pears and peaches and maple syrup. Can you say apple pecan pancakes?
Trees Offer Shade
Once you’ve harvested your fruit, nuts and syrup, you’ll need a nice shady spot for your picnic. Trees with a wide canopy can really deliver on that.
Trees Help The Water Table
During a storm, the canopy and root systems of trees act as a both a sponge and a filter, cleaning the water as it seeps into the water table and reducing storm water runoff.
Trees Clean The Air
No, you can’t dangle them from your rear-view mirror, but trees absorb odors and pollutant gases and filter particulates out of the air by trapping them on their leaves and bark.
Trees Provide Context For Your Landscape
Without them, beds and borders would seem to float on a sea of grass. Trees help define the landscape and anchor the rest of your plantings.
Trees Are Beautiful
Trees screen unsightly views. Many varieties turn gasp-inducing colors in the fall. They muffle sound from nearby streets and freeways and create an eye-soothing canopy of green.
Trees Increase Your Home’s Value
Everybody wants a house with trees. A well-planted property can raise property values by as much as 15 percent.
What Are You Waiting For? Plant A Tree!
Planting the right tree in the right place is the key to saving energy with trees. A tree planted in the wrong place can conflict with power lines and other obstructions.
How to do it right? Let the experts help.
The tree experts at Neave Landscaping will help you select the ideal trees for your purposes, and our expert installation teams will make sure the job is done right.
Trees are a long-term investment in your property. So we’re pretty picky about it. We inspect the quality of the soil, the climate in your area and other factors to make sure your new trees will thrive.
Once your new trees are planted, we love to follow up to keep them happy and healthy through our great tree maintenance program.
Contact Neave Landscaping — before Arbor Day or any day, really — to learn more and to schedule a consultation appointment.
If you’re in the Hudson Valley, call us at (845) 463-0592. If you’re in Westchester County, call (914) 271-7996; from Connecticut, dial (203) 212-4800. Or, fill out our simple web form, and we’ll contact you about setting up your free consultation.
Then start shopping for that hammock.