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Why Do We Need Trees?
The most common answer to this question continues to be "aesthetics." The beauty of trees appeals to a wide range of people and is certainly a very important benefit. In urban areas, healthy trees can completely transform the hard lines and dull surfaces of any man-made structure. This alone has been shown to increase business in commercial shopping districts. More importantly than aesthetics, trees function as integral parts of a city's infrastructure, serving as insulators that cool summer heat and screen winter cold. Through this year-round temperature regulation, healthy trees can save home and business owners, and ultimately entire cities enormous amounts of money in energy costs. Trees also serve as natural air filters, cleaning the air we breathe by absorbing pollutants and releasing oxygen. Also, through the absorption of stormwater, trees serve as soil stabilizers, reducing and often times eliminating soil erosion.

Trees serve as water filters, absorbing chemicals and other pollutants from stormwater before they reach natural water systems. This natural means of erosion control and water absorption works directly to assist city stormwater drainage systems. Perhaps a relatively under-publicized benefit of trees is that they can be crime reducers. Scientific studies show that trees and natural areas are more peaceful and can have a genuine calming effect on people.

These and the many other benefits that trees present to urban areas are of vital importance. The benefits of healthy trees increase as those trees age, making the preservation and protection of intact stands of trees critical not only to the urban forest itself but also to the individuals living in and around it. Given these and the many other benefits of trees, there should be no question that we should make every effort to insure the sustainability of one our greatest natural resources...trees!

Tree Tips Archives
Over the last several years we've had the privilege of writing educational articles for the residents and businesses of Hoover via the Hoover News newsletter. This publication has been a great way for us to illustrate proper tree care techniques and promote the benefits of healthy trees. Due to an overwhelming amount of positive feedback we received regarding our Tree Tips, we decided to archive the articles online. View the Tree Tips Archives.

If you have questions about these Tree Tips or about other tree related issues, please contact Colin Conner, Hoover City Forester, at 205-739-7141.