Since the dawn of time, trees have been part of the human life; not only of the human, but also of animal life, and the life of the planet. It’s not really so hard to think that without trees life would be terminated at the blink of the eye. Just why are trees important? Read on and find out the importance of trees.
Why trees are important?
- Trees Clean the Air & Provide Oxygen
When making their own food, trees absorb free pollutants in the air. It is also during this process that trees absorb carbon dioxide—the gas we exhale and the gas responsible for global warming—and releases oxygen in return.
This is why I was saying we’d be terminated without trees. Humans need oxygen, that’s a fact. The number one producer of oxygen in history is tree. When trees process their own food, oxygen is released during the process and is thus consumed by animals and humans. A single mature tree can produce as much oxygen in 4 months as two families consume for a year. Without trees we’d all be inhaling what we have just exhaled.
- Trees Lessen Heat
Ever wondered why it’s cooler under a tree? It’s because there’s more oxygen in a nearby tree than anywhere else. Trees play a great role in lessening summer’s devastating heat. Studies show that a city area without a tree is a ‘heat island’—with temperature 12 degrees Fahrenheit higher than other areas.
- Contaminated Soil & Water Can Be Cleaned by Trees
Another benefit from trees is that is can actually clean soil & water around their area. When fuels and other harmful chemicals contaminate soil and water, cleaning it up can be expensive and intensive. Recent studies show, however, that trees can clean up fuel-contaminated soil and water through a bioremediation called phytoremediation (fancy word, huh?). Trees can store pollutants for their own use, or they can change the pollutants into less harmful forms. In the process of absorbing water, some contaminants will be degraded by the trees for their own use. Trees can also degrade animal wastes into fertilizers for their own consumption.
- Trees Lessen Noise
Believe it or not, trees can dull noise pollution as good as stone walls. Plus, don’t you think the sound of rustling leaves sound relaxing and revitalizing?
- Trees Prevent Flashfloods & Controls Erosion
When it rains hard vegetation—not only trees—play a great role in preventing floods. First, the roots of vegetations keep soil intact, preventing erosion. When vegetation is also present, surface movement of rainwater is slowed down, giving water time to be absorbed into the soil. If a stream cannot hold water, water will simply rise above its banks and flood. Trees prevent this by intercepting water flow to rivers. And that is one of the many advantages of planting trees. A certain tree can intercept a thousand gallon of water when fully grown.
- Trees Act as Windbreaks
On windy and winter seasons, trees can act as windbreaks. A windbreak can lower home heating bills, and have an effect on reducing snow drifts. A reduction in drying soil & vegetation can be lessened by windbreaks.
- Trees Increase Land Property Values
And last but definitely not the least reason why trees are important . . . Well, trees increase the property value of your home by 15% (or depending where you live). So if you are planning to sell your house, it’s a good thing that you have kept a tree.