According to an ancient Chinese proverb, the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago, and the second best time is now.
More than ever, we understand that trees provide countless benefits to our properties, our well-being, and our planet.
Clean Air, Cool Cities
Everyone knows that trees help keep our air clean, not just by turning harmful carbon dioxide into oxygen, but by absorbing odors and pollutants and turning that into clean oxygen as well. In cities, trees help with keeping things cool and are essential in dealing with stormwater management. These are just a few of the reasons why Toronto has set a goal of getting its canopy coverage up to (and over) 40% from its current 28%. Trees can and will play a big role in mitigating the effects of climate change.
Lowered Costs, Increased Value
For the individual, trees help keep your house cool in the summer and block winds in the winter. This helps to reduce energy costs. Properties with trees also see about a 15% increase in property value.
Aside from having a positive impact on your energy bill, exposure to trees and nature have a positive impact on your mental health and physical well-being. Studies have shown that even being able to see trees from your window can help with lowered stress levels and improved academic performance.
A Lasting Legacy
Lastly, and not be overlooked, why not plant a tree to leave a legacy for future generations? We can all look back into our memories and think of a tree that stood out to us. Maybe it was the tree you could see from your grandmother’s kitchen window, or the tree you used to climb in the park. Planting a new tree now is a great way to make a memory for yourself and for the future.
If you’re ready to adopt a new tree into your family, a chat with your arborist can help you decide which tree is right for you. Different species will do well in different types of spaces. You want to choose wisely to make sure your tree has the best chance to grow. Proper planting and watering practices will also help ensure your new trees is able to build a strong root system so you can enjoy all of its benefits for years to come.
Be Good to Your Trees.
Because Your Trees are Good to You.
Kristie Nairn, BA, MA, MMst
Director of Marketing, Cohen & Master Tree and Shrub Services Ltd.