“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the next best time is today.” – Chinese proverb
The benefits of trees are many: health, cost savings, increased property values, the well-being of mankind, to name a few. Trees are one of the first things to appear in little kids’ drawings, evoke a range of positive feelings, and they put on spectacular color shows.
Trees improve air quality. They consume carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. Humans do the exact opposite. Trees give us fresh air to breathe, remove large amounts of air pollution, and promote physical activity. It is well known that spending time amongst trees reduces stress and provides the best in natural aromatherapy. Trees are strongly linked to fewer negative thoughts, fewer symptoms of depression, better moods, and increased life satisfaction. Oh, and let’s not forget that trees grow food.
If in a smart location, trees can provide the right kind of shade, cooling the home and lowering the utility bill. Here’s a cool .gif from the Arbor Day Foundation on how to plant trees to conserve energy for summer shade.
Increase Property Value
Trees and a nicely done landscape add curb appeal, and that sells. Studies show that houses located on wooded lots sell for more and commercial office buildings surrounded by trees command a higher rent. Trees help to reduce land erosion and also create privacy. Make it a priority to care well for the trees around your home to maintain their good health and the value of your home investment.
Best time to plant is early fall because the weather is kinder, which helps the roots grow stronger faster.