10 Reasons to be Thankful for Trees

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Arborists at Davey Tree remind us to look up when counting our blessings this Thanksgiving

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Trees Increase Property Value. Real estate values increase when trees are planted on a property.

It’s easy to forget these silent beauties and the impact they have on our lives. The best way to show gratitude to your trees is to give them proper care.

This Thanksgiving, when counting life's blessings and listing those things to be grateful for, don’t forget to add trees to the list. Trees are welcome sights that provide a magnificent backdrop to everyday life.

It’s easy to forget these silent beauties and the impact they have on our lives. The best way to show gratitude to trees is to give them proper care.

Here are 10 reasons to be thankful for trees this year.

1.    Trees Clean the Air. Trees act as giant filters that clean the air we breathe. Trees do this by intercepting and absorbing pollutants such as carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide. A mature, leafy tree produces as much oxygen in a season as 10 people inhale in a year.

2.    Trees Improve the Soil. Trees store and actually change harmful pollutants into less toxic forms. They filter sewage and farm chemicals, reduce the effects of animal waste, clean roadside spills and clean water runoff into streams. Plus, trees control soil erosion. Tree roots bind the soil and their leaves break the force of wind and rain on the ground.

3.    Trees Increase Property Value. Real estate values increase when trees are planted on a property. Data shows that buyers are willing to spend 3 to 7 percent more on a home with ample trees. This curb appeal factor can be the difference between someone stopping to look at your house or passing it by.

4.    Trees Shade and Cool. Shade from trees reduces the need for air conditioning in summer. Studies have shown that parts of cities without shade from trees can literally be "heat islands" with temperatures as much as 12 degrees higher than surrounding tree laden areas.

5.    Trees Bring People Together: Data shows that neighborhoods with shady streets and parks create outdoor spaces that attract people. Their shade encourages people to enjoy walks and bike rides beneath their large canopies. Trees encourage people to interact with neighbors. Communities come together for new plantings to commemorate special occasions or mark a new start for the future.

6.    Trees Reduce Stress. Whether supporting forts for children or providing creative inspiration for adults, trees give us a space we can retreat to. Simply sitting and looking at trees has been proven to reduce blood pressure as well as reduce stress-related hormones.

7.    Trees Enhance the View. Trees can be an easy fix for unsightly structures or parking lots. They catch the eye with four seasons of beautiful colors and transitions.

8.    Trees Support Wildlife. From seeds to sprouts, trees are an important resource for animals, pollinators and birds. Trees provide food, shelter and a place to nest.

9.    Trees Control Noise Pollution. Trees are effective barriers against urban noise, not to mention much prettier than a stone wall. When planted strategically, trees reduce mechanical noises from highways and airports.

10.    Trees Reduce Violence: Trees may foster safer, more sociable neighborhoods and are tied to reduced levels of domestic violence. Places and trees may provide settings in which relationships grow stronger and violence is reduced.

Trees never stop giving. Don’t underestimate the value of trees and plants in a yard. Provide proper tree care and landscape maintenance this season and beyond, and reap the benefits for several seasons to come.

The Davey Tree Expert Company’s more than 8,000 employees provide tree care, grounds maintenance and environmental consulting services for the residential, utility, commercial and government markets throughout the U.S. and Canada. Davey has provided Proven Solutions for a Growing World since 1880 and has been employee-owned for 35 years. For more information, visit http://www.davey.com.

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