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11 Reasons We Love Trees

June 30, 2020

Trees are not only pretty and provide shade, they also increase property value, decrease utility costs, enhance human well-being and more.

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Photo: Holly Lepere. From: Kiesel Design.

Trees Rule

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the next best time is today.” ~ Chinese proverb

And if you can't plant a tree today, try this weekend. There are many reasons to plant a tree, including health benefits, cost savings and increased property value.

Fall is generally a great time for planting most trees and not just because the weather is better for landscaping. The warm ground combined with the cooler air helps the roots get established before winter and without the stress of the summer heat.

Here are some essential reasons to plant a tree today.

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1: Increase Property Value

Trees add curb appeal, and curb appeal sells. Even if you don’t plan on staying in your house until your tree is fully mature, shade trees and ornamental trees will make your home more attractive when it's time to sell. Many studies have found that houses on wooded lots sell for more money. Even studies done by real estate experts have found that retail areas and office buildings surrounded by trees are more desirable and command a higher rent.

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2: Reduce Utility Bills

If planted smartly, trees can help conserve energy and lower your utility bill. Check out this GIF from the Arbor Day Foundation. It illustrates how to strategically place trees so they will provide summer shade, winter warmth and winter windbreaks.

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3: Improve Air Quality

Remember this from grade-school science? Trees consume carbon dioxide and produce oxygen, and humans are the opposite. So, not only do trees give us a fresh oxygen supply, they remove large amounts of air pollution thus improving air quality, especially in urban areas. Also, several studies have found that being near green spaces helps reduces stress and promotes physical activity. So not only will you breath better, you'll exercise more.

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