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Plant a tree this Arbor Day

By Staff | Apr 29, 2011

Today, Arbor Day, consider planting a tree to help the environment and to help the value and aesthetics of your home.

So how do trees help the environment? Simple. They filter carbon dioxide and clean the planet. The more trees you have, the more our atmosphere is purified. Planting trees is an excellent way to reduce your carbon footprint on the earth.

Another benefit of trees is they provide habitat for wildlife. Just study a large tree to see where birds, squirrels and other animals make their habitat. One, large tree can make a home for many animals.

Trees also help reduce your cooling bills in the summer and heating bills in the winter. Just enter a large grove and you realize the tremendous benefit of trees to the environment. Trees can cool a yard – and a home – significantly during the summer, reducing the amount of time you need to run your air conditioning.

The same goes for the winter. A well-designed windbreak on farmsteads or a hedge with nicely landscaped trees in town can reduce sharp winds tremendously.

Trees also, of course, add greatly to your property value. When it comes to ‘curb appeal’, trees are critically important as well.

So take some time today or this weekend to tour your local nursery to see what tree varieties might be available. Trees can provide fruit, nuts or lasting beauty for your property.

For more information, see www.arbor-day.net