11 Reasons Why We’re Thankful For Trees

As Thanksgiving approached this year we’ve thought long and hard about what we’re thankful for as a company. Immediately, we knew our customers and employees were on our list of things we’re thankful for but digging deeper we found something that should be on everyone’s list this thanksgiving and is something we wouldn’t succeed without; trees. Now some homeowners might be hesitant to put trees on their list of things the thankful for so we’re here to make our case for being thankful for trees.

Thankful For Trees 51. Trees Keep Us Healthy

According to studies as far back as the 1980’s viewing trees and interacting with nature boosts health and happiness. A 1984 study showed patients recovering from surgery in a room with a view of trees recovered quicker and required less pain medication than those without the view. Recent studies have even suggested a connection between trees and lower obesity, general health, immunity, morbidity, and mortality. Maybe consider a walk outdoors after thanksgiving dinner this year; it might be just what the doctor ordered.

2. Tree’s Reduce Violence

Among minor crimes, there is less graffiti, vandalism, and littering in outdoor spaces with natural landscapes than in comparable plant-less spaces. Public housing buildings with greater amounts of vegetation have 52% fewer total crimes, 48% fewer property crimes, and 56% fewer violent crimes, including 25% fewer acts of domestic aggression and violence.

3. Trees Provide Food

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we cannot overlook the tasty treats that trees provide. Just think, without trees you wouldn’t be able to have your apple pie or peach cobbler this thanksgiving. Other foods gifted to us by trees included pear, apricots, cherries, plums, oranges, lemons, limes, olives, cinnamon, pomegranate, almonds, cashews, and maple syrup just to name a few.

Thankful For Trees 44. Trees Add Value

Numerous studies of real estate and trees show that well-landscaped yards with mature trees and bushes not only fetch higher prices but they sell quicker than houses without trees and shrubs. On average landscaping, especially with mature trees, can increase property values as much as 20%. Even more importantly, Clemson Universe study found that homeowners get a 100% or more return on their landscape investments.

5. Trees Stimulate The Economy

Many newer retail developments are starting to incorporate trees, shrubs, and green spaces to their shopping districts. As consumers, we enjoy these green areas but most of us don’t realize the addition of trees and shrubs are calculated choices that increase the developer’s return on investment.

Research by the National Arbor Day Foundation shows that commercial retail areas that have trees and green spaces are more attractive to consumers. Shoppers are even willing to spend 9%-12% more on average, travel a greater distance, and spend more time once they arrive in retail districts that have healthy trees and shrubs.

Thankful For Trees 36. Trees Improve Our Soil Conditions

When most people think about tree benefits they look to the sky and think about air quality but trees also greatly improve soil conditions. Trees not only slow down soil erosion but filter sewage, clean roadside spills, filter water runoff, and reduce the effects of animal waste

7. Trees Keep Our Air Clean

This one may seem obvious to most, but it’s interesting to realizing just how much trees benefit our air quality. Common knowledge is that absorb carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and carbon monoxide while releasing oxygen into the air. What most don’t know is that one large tree can supply a day’s supply of oxygen for four people as well as storing 13 pounds of carbon each year. But trees don’t stop there; they also help trap up to 75% of dust, pollen, and smoke from the air.

8. Trees Block Out Noise

Most people don’t think of trees as a way of mitigating sound but a well-placed tree can block out noise as much as 40 percent. This benefit of trees can be seen along highways where the trees help block car noises from reaching local neighborhoods. And within neighborhoods trees can help muffle the sounds of your noisy neighbors.

Thankful For Trees 29. Trees Protect Our Privacy

Not only do trees block out noise but they help create visual privacy as well. Trees placed around the perimeter of yards provide natural privacy screens that can separate our outdoor living spaces and create private retreats. Without trees, our outdoor spaces would lack privacy and be surrounded by cement walls and fencing.

10. Trees Are Aesthetically Pleasing

Right now trees are especially beautiful, lighting up our sky with colorful leaves. But even year round, trees add beauty to our landscape and brighten up our environments. Trees make our parks and public spaces beautiful and can add aesthetic appeal to your yards and gardens.

Thankful For Trees11. Trees Make Communities

Trees lined streets are more likely to be jogged and walked on. And the shade of trees allows children and adults to have a cool place to play, relax, and mingle with their neighbors, thus developing neighborhoods into communities.

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Samantha Huff

Samantha Huff is the marketing coordinator at RTEC Treecare. She enjoys learning about the technical aspects of trees and the insects and diseases that prey on them. She hopes that these articles can help homeowners gain control of their tree and shrub maintenance by being aware of the signs and symptoms of unhealthy trees.

One thought on “11 Reasons Why We’re Thankful For Trees”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I have a tree service business in South Carolina and just made a website after almost a decade without one. I’ve been thinking about blogging and so I’m surfing the internet to see how it’s done. This post caught my eye. I have a tree removal and tree trimming business but even though tree removal is what we do a lot of, we try to save and trim as many trees as possible keeping them healthy and beautiful. We love trees for all these same reasons. Great service to your community to educate by blog on your website!
    – Jeremy

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