• George R. Lee

Trees Help Fight Climate Change


Trees have been with us throughout our whole lives. They’re the background of a favorite memory, the desired landscape for that perfect home site and a wonder to admire in every park.

While they are silent and stationary, trees hold tremendous powers, including the power to make all our lives better and healthier. We need our trees. Like a morning breakfast, tree's food making process (photosynthesis) involves absorbing carbon dioxide from the air and storing it in the wood fibers. Trees and plants will store deadly carbons helping slow the toxic gases that buildup in our atmosphere which is causing rapid warming of our planet.


Either by way of sick trees dying in the landscape, land stripping for new development, or from other intentional or non-intentional means, we lose some 32 million acres of forest per year. How many will it take before we have no trees at all? In America alone, our trees store the equivalent of taking 57 million, yes 57 million cars off the roads. Trees are looking out for us so we have to look out for them.

Older and bigger trees store a lot more carbon than young ones. It is important we continue to plant young new trees but equally important to preserve and protect the giants in our forest, parks, landscapes.

TREES CLEAN THE AIR SO WE CAN BREATHE MORE EASILY

A healthy tree can lead to a healthy you and me. Research shows that a simple exercise like walking among the trees in a city park correlates with a drop in anxiety and depression. Sitting on the back patio looking up into a tree's canopy help steady the nerves and help regulate blood pressure. We’re drawn to green spaces for a good reason.

Leave it to leaves. Trees remove the kind of air pollution that is most dangerous to our lungs. Tree's leaves filter dangerous air gases for people when they are living close by. More trees in the cities we live in, the healthier it is for this generation and for the generations to come. Studies show a well treed community also reduces ailments like asthma and heart disease by at least 5%. Trees and plants do help purify the air we breathe.

TREES COOL DOWN OUR LIVES

Trees give us shade and allow us to help cool the earth's platform. Landscapes with fewer trees means a rise in daily temperatures eventually creating an increased heatwave. Properties without trees can be five to eight degrees hotter than those with shade trees. Trees act as a natural air conditioner keeping your surroundings cooler and reducing the use and cost of operating a mechanical air conditioner.

TREES FILTER YOUR WATER

Raise a toast to a tree near you once in a while as it’s one of the reasons we have cleaner drinking water. Trees store and filter more than half of the water supply in America. Trees remove pollutants and sediments from rainfall and then slowly release the water back into waterways and underground aquifers.

TREES NEED OUR HELP

While trees are resilient, they are not invincible. Trees get stressed out to. When their roots are cut or limbs are broken all for the sake of building something new can significantly impact their health. Here are just a few examples of how trees and plants are continuously challenged: soil compaction from driveways and patios, chlorine spills from the pool, weed killers that also kill tree roots, invasion of harmful pest threats, and lack of normal fertilizer (soil needs).


Will you do your part in combating climate change? Will you help reduce toxic carbons in your landscape?

GOOD HEALTH CARE FOR TREES AND PLANTS

  • Prune correctly

  • Treat soil needs and fertilize as needed

  • Treat for harmful insect and disease infestations

  • Call for services from a professional arborist

LETS KEEP OUR TREES INSTEAD OF CUTTING THEM DOWN

Interested in the care and health of your trees? Call Branch Tree Service and schedule your appointment today!