The Problem With Cutting Down Trees

What do trees add to today's environment? Trees give clean-air, shade for conform, real value to your property, screen bad environmental views, soften architectural building flaws, and yes even family memories.

Great trees also include many flowering trees and some give way to a beautiful fruit set that may last long into the months. Some trees have usual bark that can add winter interest to your landscape.

If you have a new home or a property without trees this spring is excellent time to plant. Here are some recommended varieties to consider: Willow Oak, Scarlet Oak, Regal Prince Oak, Heritage Oak, October Glory Maple, Skyline Honey Locust, 'Allee Lace Bark Elm, 'Morton Plainsman Elm, River Birch, Prairie Fire Crabapple, Red Jade Crabapple, Cherokee Chief Dogwood, Forest Pansy Redbud, Tonto Crape Myrtle and Natchez Crape Myrtle. The tree you select will depend on the height and width of your home and property. How much room you do have for the tree to grow? Don't plant large trees closer than 25 ft. from the house. This will help to prevent damage to the house and foundation. Trees give scale to nearby building. Trees planted at the corner of a building or home will soften the vertical line of the wall to the horizontal ground surrounding the structure.

Locate and plant trees to help control energy costs. A shade tree planted on the southwest side of the house will help air condition your home. Evergreen trees like pine and spruce can offer windbreaks on larger properties for local climate control. Trees in cities like Atlanta, Georgia where native trees grow in large numbers are important in reducing the local summer temperature. Atlanta is getting hotter because there are less trees. Cities must prevent developers from removing large wooded areas for new developments.

You can reduce greenhouse gases and address global warming by planting trees. One of the greenhouse gases causing the most damage is Carbon Dioxide. Trees and plants love this gas. Photosynthesis is the process where plants take Carbon Dioxide to make food. Another part of this equation, wood and tree tissue contain carbon. When fall season comes, trees drop their leaves and they decay over time and release the carbon into the soil. This improves soil for great plant growth and your soil benefits from the carbon stored in the organic matter. Carbon is also stored in trees for hundreds of years or in your furniture lumber and many other wood products. Trees also serve as a shelter and food supply for a large group of wildlife.

Lawrence L. Hoyle, author, 58 years in the Landscape Profession. Check out his main website at: This website has free Landscape help for Do-It-Yourselves and a online Landscape Design Services for Homeowners, Landscape Contractors and Home Builders. Designs online since 2003 with designs in 40 states. Get your today.!

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