Everywhere you look trees are all around you. From oak to pine, poplar, elm and many others, trees provide us with a number of benefits that we might not even be aware of. We need to make sure our trees are healthy at all costs, otherwise we won’t be able to reap the benefits they provide us with. Check out the top 8 reasons why we need trees below.
Overcoming the Greenhouse Effect
At one point in time or another, we have all heard about global warming. It occurs whenever there is an abundance of greenhouse gases that destroy the tropical forest and burn through fossil fuels. Carbon dioxide is one of the main types of greenhouse gas. Thanks to trees, the carbon dioxide in the air is absorbed and the oxygen is released into the air. One-acre of trees can absorb the carbon dioxide emitted from one car driving 26,000 miles in a year’s time.
Cleaning the Air
Trees work to absorb any of the pollutant gases in the air and filter out all of the particles in the air by trapping these pollutants on their bark and leaves.
Providing Us With Oxygen
In just one-year, one-acre of trees can supply enough oxygen for 18 individuals.
Cooling the City and the Streets
Average temperatures are rising across the country due to the decline in the available tree coverage, as well as the increase in buildings and roads being constructed. Trees can help to cool the area by about 10 degrees. They release water vapor from their leaves.
Placing three trees around your home can help to reduce the amount of air conditioning your home needs by close to half. When you reduce the amount of energy needed for your home, you can help to reduce all of the pollution that comes from power plants.
Thanks to the shade from trees, you won’t have to use as much water on your lawn. A newly planted tree only needs about 15 gallons of water in a week.
Preventing Water Pollution
Trees can help to reduce the amount of runoff that occurs by breaking down the rainfall and allowing the water to go into the trunk and the earth below. Storm water won’t be able to carry pollution into the ocean. When turned into mulch, trees work like sponges filtering the water naturally and recharging the supply in the ground.
Shielding from UV Rays
In the US, skin cancer is the most prevalent type of cancer. Trees can help to reduce exposure to UV rays by close to half. Children out on playgrounds and college campuses are protected from the harsh rays of the sun. Spending hours outside isn’t an issue when you have trees around the property.