Help Prevent Stormwater Runoff
Stormwater runoff occurs when precipitation falls on parking lots, roofs, and other
impenetrable surfaces. Large volumes of runoff overwhelm sewer treatment facilities
and lead to flooding, stream erosion, and contamination of watersheds.Trees help prevent stormwater
runoff by absorbing water through their rooms and releasing water back into the atmosphere
Carbon sequestration is the process by which trees (or other natural or artificial
processes) absorb and store carbon from the atmosphere. This is important because
removing carbon from the atmosphere can slow effects of climate change. Tree leaves
absorb CO2 during photosynthesis, its roots absorb carbon from decaying leaves, and
the tree's trunk and branches also store carbon.
Treat Water Pollution
The root systems of trees can collect contaminants from water as it seeps through
Improve Soil Quality
Tree roots can absorb, transform, and contain contaminants from the soil. Thus they
can help remediate soil at landsfills and other contaminate sites.
Urban Landscape/Home Benefits
Combat Heat Island Effect
The heat island effect refers to captured heat within cities cause by stored heat
in buildings and pavement materials. Trees can help reduce surrounding temperature
by casting shade and giving off moisture from their leaves.
Make our Streets Quieter
Trees can absorb sound, especially at high frequencies. Trees and shrubs planted together
in large numers can significantly reduce highway noise.
The shade from trees can cool buildings and reduce the use of air conditioners. By
using less energy you are not only saving money but also reducing the amount of greenhouse
gases going into our atmosphere.
Increase Your Property Value
Buildings and homes that are surrounded by trees usually sell for at least 10% more
than buildings in areas without trees.