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Why Plant a Tree?
Planting a tree in your yard brings many benefits to your family, your neighbourhood, and your community. Trees make an immediate difference for your home and community, and their value increases over time. Find out some of the fantastic benefits of trees below.
Study after study shows that well-treed communities are safer and healthier.
"Using data from Toronto, a team of researchers has found that having 10 more trees on your block has self-reported health benefits akin to a $10,000 salary raise or moving to a neighbourhood with a $10,000 higher median income or being seven years younger.“
Trees store carbon dioxide and release oxygen back into the air. They remove dust and particulates, and absorb ozone, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and other pollutants from our air. Trees clean water by filtering runoff and sediment from slopes next to streams, and recharging groundwater.
A well-treed lot can increase your property value by as much as 20% and help to beautify your neighbourhood streetscape. Once you start digging, you’ll find your neighbours will too!
Deciduous trees planted on the south and west side of a home can decrease your cooling costs by up to 50%. Evergreen trees planted as wind breaks around homes can decrease your heating costs by as much at 30%.
Well-treed streets encourage pedestrian and bicycle traffic and improve sense of safety. Tree-lined streets slow traffic. Children are more likely to walk to school on well-treed streets.
Besides lowering cooling costs inside the house, shade from trees cools your yard too, making it more pleasant to eat, play, work, and relax outside. Skin cancer is one of the most common form of cancer, trees can reduce UV exposure providing protection to our skin while we are outside.
Planting trees can restore critically needed habitat. Trees provide excellent urban homes for birds, bees, and other wildlife. Trees can attract a diversity of wildlife with the food, cover, and nest sites they supply.
Planting trees is a great way to empower and instill community involvement within a neighbourhood. Trees bring diverse groups of people together and provide a space for retreat.
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