Today is Arbor Day in Florida. We celebrate by appreciating, learning about, and planting trees.
Larry Figart, Duval County Extension Forester, wrote a great article about the benefits of trees – Trees play vital role in health of a city. Some of the main benefits that he points out are:
- Trees can increase the value of property. A yard with large healthy trees growing in it has greater curb appeal than a yard with no trees. A healthy landscape that includes trees can increase property value by 10 percent to 20 percent.
- Trees can help us save energy. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to 10 room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day.
- The placement of trees in the landscape is important as well. The warmest part of the day in the summer occurs between 1 and 3 p.m. when the sun is in the southwest sky. A tree planted on the southwest side of a home will help to shade it during the hottest part of the day, thereby reducing our air- conditioning costs. Not only does this save us money in energy costs, but it also reduces the strain on the electric grid during the time of peak energy use.
- Trees have been providing an economic stimulus package for our communities long before it became a government priority.
- Trees can also attract patrons and increase visitation to retail businesses. This was highlighted in a survey of one Southern community conducted by Kathleen Wolf, where it was found that the public preferred to patronize commercial establishments and spend up to 12 percent more where those structures and parking lots were beautified with trees and other landscaping.
Thanks, Larry, for a great article and remember to go out and appreciate your trees today!
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