The benefits of planting trees and proper tree care

Fall is a little different in Texas than in most other states, and it often gets a late start. Even though the temperature is still high and people are still headed to the beaches, fall is the perfect time to begin planting trees around your home. Planting saplings in your yard can be a fun way to teach children about how useful they are to the ecosystem, but you should also consider planting some new, full grown trees as well. Although planting adult trees in your yard is fairly costly and can take a little bit more work, there are enormous benefits to doing so.

Why should you bother planting trees? According to this blog on the Huffington Post, there are economic as well as psychological benefits to planting trees on your property. Roger Ulrich, the director of the Center for Health Systems and Design at Texas’ very own A&M University, found that patients who stayed in hospital rooms with windows overlooking trees had faster recovery times than those who had windows that didn’t overlook trees or those who didn’t have a window at all. In addition, in a study by W.C. Sullivan, Ph.D., it was found that there was a correlation between the number of trees planted around urban housing developments and the level of violence the residents reported occurred in their homes. In housing developments with a lot of trees, the residents reported that they used more thoughtful reasoning when addressing their conflicts. Besides the benefits to mental health, planting trees can also help save on energy costs. The Huffington Post article cites U.S. forest service data that claims shade trees can reduce your air conditioning bill by up to 56% and that wind blocking trees can save you up to 3% on heating costs. In addition, planting nice looking trees in your yard can raise your property value. More trees can also attract local wildlife to your yard, like songbirds, rabbits, and deer.

Of course, all of the evidence for the psychological benefits of planting trees is only based on correlations, so it could easily be the case that these results are actually caused by other factors. However, it is difficult to argue with the hard economic data. Even if you live in a very temperate portion of the United States, planting more trees can combat climate change and reduce your carbon footprint. And you don’t have to figure out how to do it alone; tree specialists like the ones here can even help you determine where to place your trees for maximum value.

The world population is still rising, and deforestation and climate change are challenges our generation will have to address. If the health and economic benefits listed above do not convince you to plant some more trees on your property, maybe the prospect of ensuring many future generations of humans to come will be able to enjoy this beautiful creation of nature will.