When was the last time you thought about how awesome trees are? Sure, you appreciate the shade, or fruit, they provide but have you really thought about how truly cool trees actually are? Well, here are a few things you may not know…
They ‘talk’ to each other
Did you know that certain types of trees warn each other when they’re under siege by insects? When Willows (a type of deciduous trees found primarily in moist soils) are attached by worms and caterpillars they emit a chemical that alerts other trees in the neighboring region. The other trees then respond by pushing more tannin in their leaves which makes them difficult to be digested by insects.
They’re Cheap and Natural Recyclers
Trees are all-mighty recyclers. They regulate our air quality through photosynthesis, absorbing nearly a ton of CO2 in a lifetime and produce about 260 pounds of oxygen a year. Now they are being used to recycle waste. Willow trees are used in Enkoping, Sweden, to clean sewage sludge, reuse wastewater, and recycle liquid from landfills. The town spreads its waste around the trees, which, in turn, decompose and recycle it. Enkoping capitalizes on the faster-growing trees by harvesting them for “biomass [electricity] production.”
They Can Save You Money
Mature trees that are “properly placed around buildings” can protect a household from excessive exposure to the sun or wind. According to the U.S. Forest Service, such tree cover can conserve air conditioning use by 30 percent and heating use by 20 to 30 percent. But wait, there’s more! The Service also states that “healthy, mature trees add an average of 10 percent to a property’s value.” Sounds like a win-win.
Trees Prevent Crime
From 2005 to 2007, the U.S. Forest Service studied the correlation of crime and the presence of trees in Portland, Oregon. They found that areas with larger trees experienced less crime than those with smaller ones. The study concluded that trees serve as a symbolic safety net. Neighborhoods and houses with large trees are assumed to be better kept and protected than those without them. Furthermore, they speculated that smaller trees provide better cover for criminals seeking to sneak up on a residence.
Trees are the longest living organism on earth
Do you know that trees don’t die of old age? They are killed by insects, diseases or by people. Some of the oldest known trees, like the California Bristlecone Pines and the Giant Sequoias have lived between 4000 to 5000 years!
So, now that you know how cool trees really are give Bear Creek a call and let us help you either find the perfect tree for the perfect spot on your property or when you need a little help caring for the ones you already have.