We know trees are important to keep our water pure, air clean, wildlife happy and to combat climate change. Trees also provide many benefits your very own backyard and throughout the neighborhood. The value of trees in the community is often overlooked but trees make neighborhoods and cities healthy, beautiful and economically stable. We are so busy these days it is easy to not think about how trees enhance our environment. Here are some benefits trees provide in your community:
- Trees provide screening and privacy.
- Trees reduce glare, reflection and heat from the sun.
- Trees reduce noise pollution.
- In laboratory research, visual exposure to settings with trees has produced significant recovery from stress within five minutes, as indicated by changes in blood pressure and muscle tension.
- Trees help create recreational areas that can be enjoyed by walkers, children, cyclists, and others.
- Trees provide background to and soften, complement, or hide architecture.
- Trees enhance community economic stability by attracting businesses and tourists.
- Apartments and offices in areas with urban trees rent more quickly and have higher occupancy rates.
Trees in the community create beautiful scenery, help improve your health, and reduce pollution. They will do this for generations to come. Trees happen to be a smart economic decision as well. Trees increase property values and can noticeably reduce heating and cooling costs when planted strategically around your home and neighborhood. Trees not only reduce air pollution, but can cut down on the noise pollution from neighbors, playgrounds or busy streets. Don’t take our word for it… read what others are saying:
“Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30 percent and can save 20% to 50% in energy used for heating.”
—U.S.D.A. Forest Service
“A row of mature street trees has been shown to increases property values between 5- 18%.“
— Center for Urban Forest Research; University of California, Davis
“A mature tree can often have an appraised value of between $1,000 and $10,000.”
—Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers
“Landscaping, especially with trees, can increase property values as much as 20 percent.”
—Management Information Services/ICMA