Tree Planting What are the Benefits

In this day and age of global warming, tree planting has become a requirement rather than an option. This is well and good because tree planting has much more benefits to the human race more than what we ever read in books. However, it is sad to note that 33 soccer pitches of trees are cut down every minute worldwide. You can do something to help. Start now by being educated on the many benefits of tree planting.

Trees provide a haven of privacy.
Trees and shrubs can provide enhanced privacy for urban residents, emphasize attractive views or screen objectionable ones, reduce glare and reflection, and create a barrier for noise and wind. Planting trees around your home is a good investment since, according to the International Society of Arboriculture, property values are 5 to 20 percent higher for landscaped homes than for homes without landscaping. Well-placed trees or vines also lead to lower utility bills because shading your home lowers your need for fans or air conditioning. Greening improves our communities by making them more visually appealing and by providing color and character to individual neighborhoods and business areas.

The sight of trees improves our well-being daily.
Parks, green spaces and trees affect our quality of life through our everyday moods, activities, and physical and emotional health. Research performed by social scientists has found substantial evidence of this. People who view nature after a stressful situation exhibit reduced physical indicators of stress as well as fewer feelings of fear, anger, and aggression. Hospitalized patients recover faster when their view through the window includes trees. Clearly, trees and other greening does much more for us than just beautify our neighborhoods.

Tree planting is an antidote to pollution.
Greening also conserves rainwater and reduces water pollution. By removing paved surfaces for tree planting and other vegetation, groundwater recharge is increased and surface runoff is decreased. Stormwater flowing from our streets often carries a variety of pollutants directly into the ocean. When this water is allowed to soak into the ground instead, many pollutants are removed and don’t reach the ocean. Roots act as a natural filter, removing nutrients and pollutants as water percolates down through the soil.

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