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Plant of the Week: Trees!

The many, many benefits of trees

We planted this white pine in the front yard in 1991. It’s nearly twenty years later — seems like yesterday the tree was a seedling and the children were in diapers. I love how the trees have changed the character of the house and garden over the years. And how they mark the passage of time.

Have you ever thought about how amazing trees are? I can’t think of another plant that enriches our lives and communities as much as they do.

Their beauty is undeniable. Fragrant spring blooms lift our spirits. Stately boulevard trees – elms, maples, ash, linden – line our streets and parkways. Branches, fruits and berries nourish and protect wildlife. Think about it. Can you imagine our homes, churches, streets, schools and parks without trees?

Trees are nature’s multi-taskers! Want more privacy in your yard? Plant trees! Shade for your hammock and patio? Plant trees! Protection from the sun, wind and rain? You get the point.

And if that’s not enough – trees add value to our property, reduce energy costs, and improve the quality of our air and water. Wow — I just can’t get over how amazing trees are. Don’t you just want to give them a big hug?

According to the Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers, a mature tree often can add an appraised value of $1,000 to $10,000 … when comparing a home to similar properties. Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers (as reported in the Star Tribune – May 24, 2003)

Trees can cut energy costs, fight air and noise pollution, and help prevent erosion and storm-water damage. According to the American Forest Industry Association, one tree in the city can provide savings of up to $274 a year in air-conditioning costs. American Forest Industry Association (as reported in the Star Tribune – May 24, 2003)

If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of trees, visit the ISA International Society of Arboriculture website.

Let us help you choose and plant the perfect trees for your family. Contact us.

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