Green Wednesday: The Cycle of Planting Trees

From on September 10, 2008 in General

treesCan you imagine a world void of trees; what a barren, hot, and dismal picture that creates! Trees fill so many purposes. Not only are they beautiful, but they create habitat for animals, provide shade, produce fruit, and provide usable products such as lumber and paper. Although they fill so many useful purposes, trees are not in unlimited supply, and we must take care to replenish what we deplete.

This starts with the reforestation of our forests. Logging companies are now required to selectively log forests, and to replant with new seedlings what they take away. This encourages the continuation of healthy forests.

Soldiers Against Global Warming

There is also evidence to suggest that planting trees in the right areas helps to combat global warming. Carbon Dioxide is released into the atmosphere by the ocean, decomposition, and life forms. Carbon dioxide is one of the key contributors to global warming. Not only do trees absorb carbon dioxide during photosynthesis, but they then release oxygen back into the air. According to ColoradoTrees.org, “a single mature tree can absorb carbon dioxide at a rate of 48 lbs./year and release enough oxygen back into the atmosphere to support 2 human beings.” Trees also work to evaporate water, which is then released back into the atmosphere, creating a cooling effect.

In addition to helping the planet as a whole, trees can also be a major asset to your life. Planted in advantageous spots in your yard, trees greatly aide in temperature control throughout the year. If you are planning to add some trees to your landscape, spring and fall are the best times of the year to do so. The roots need enough time to get established before the more extreme temperatures set in. Different varieties thrive in different climates. You can consult a local nursery to learn more about the right species for your yard. A skilled landscaping contractor will also have some recommendations for you. Request free estimates from prescreened landscaping contractors in your area.