In terms of the community, trees and other natural elements typically give people a sense of serenity, peace, and calmness, which can help people achieve reduced stress levels whether at work or at home. According to the International Society for Arboriculture, the calming effect produced by nearby trees and green-spaces can reduce workplace stress and fatigue, calm traffic, reduce recovery-time after a surgery, and even reduce crime rates.
Trees can sometimes become a burden for the property owner or city when, for instance, large growing trees interfere with utility lines. However, proper tree selection, planning, and maintenance can allow property owners to eliminate such negative repercussions of having trees. A properly placed and cared-for tree can emphasize scenic views (and hide unsightly ones) and provide privacy for the homeowner. In short, the ISA maintains that having trees and green-spaces around can greatly increase the quality of life for community members.
The environmental benefits that trees provide are numerous and important. Trees moderate climate, improve air quality, can reduce storm water runoff, and provide homes for wildlife, according to the ISA. Large trees can create a cooling effect in their area by absorbing or deflecting radiant energy from the sun. Additionally, trees can absorb or slow harsh weather such as rain, sleet, and hail, helping to protect surrounding people, pets, homes, and other buildings.
One of the greatest benefits that trees provide is air quality improvement. Leaves from trees and shrubs filter the air and remove dust and other particulates so that we don’t breathe them in. Additionally, leaves absorb carbon dioxide, ozone, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and other air pollutants, and then release clean oxygen.
Proper planting and maintenance of trees will provide countless benefits to your community and to the environment.