What is the importance of planting trees?

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How planting trees helps the environment

Tree planting is vitally important to Earth for so many reasons, reasons that fulfill our essential needs and improve our lives. From the food we eat to the air we breathe, the planting of trees, along with the sunshine, are things that we couldn’t live without.

How do trees affect our lives? During photosynthesis, a process where sunlight is used by green plants and other organisms to produce foods from carbon dioxide and water. Plant photosynthesis typically involves the green pigment chlorophyll and a byproduct of that creates oxygen. These things alone make tree planting an important contribution anyone can make toward Earth and the environment.

If those things aren’t enough to make it clear why tree planting is needed, trees provide habitat for bees, birds, and squirrels, they are a support mechanism for those species. And as trees stand, they are cleaning the air by absorbing carbon dioxide out of the environment and they release clean oxygen. Also, the environment is cooled by trees as heat from the sun is absorbed by their leaves. And then there is the fact that tree planting around a house will provide it shade from the hot sun as well as to the curb appeal.

The leaves of trees absorb the dust particles and nitrogen oxide as well, which cleans the air we are breathing. Those same leaves also absorb the impurities from the air before they get in our water. And trees are used for the manufacturing of furniture and paper as well.

Would planting more trees help?

This country is concerned about climate change these days and yet, many still don’t see or understand the correlation between the climate and trees. With more tree planting, there would be more trees grow and they would be removing more carbon dioxide, reducing what we breathe in. And they would be putting out more good oxygen for us to breathe in. The more trees, the more carbon dioxide would be absorbed, and the more oxygen would be released.

With more tree planting, there are other benefits that we would enjoy daily. From providing us shade in the hot sun to blocking cold winds in the winter. More tree planting would give more places for bees, birds, squirrels, and wildlife to live. Trees also keep our soil from erosion and clean the water, all while adding beauty to the scenery and around our homes.

What tree is best to plant?

CO2 is absorbed by any living plant matter. Trees, however, process a significant more than smaller plants because in this case, bigger is better.  Trees can be looked up as kings and considered to be more efficient as carbon sinks. It is because of this characteristic that makes planting trees one way to change the climate.

Ultimately, any shape and size of trees help with the absorption of CO2. With the concern of climate change, it is safe to say that when it comes to tree planting, the more fast-growing trees, the better. We shouldn’t avoid planting the slow-growing trees either because they will absorb more CO2 or a longer period.

In 2002 a study was released about the best trees for fighting climate change by absorbing and storing CO2 is:

  • American Sweetgum
  • Black Walnut
  • Douglas Fir
  • Horse-Chestnut
  • Hispaniolan Pine
  • London Plane
  • Ponderosa Pine
  • Red Oak
  • Red Pine
  • Scarlet Oak
  • Virginia Live Oak
  • White Pine

Experts in tree growth and tree planting advise avoiding any trees that necessitate a lot of maintenance. That maintenance that takes fossil fuels for equipment like chainsaws and trucks erases the help of absorbing carbon the trees provide.

 Can I plant trees in winter?

There isn’t a definite yes or no to this question. While fall and winter are the best times for tree planting, they need to be planted at least six weeks before a hard freeze. This means that depending on the local climate where tree planting is taking place, and what type of tree is being planted, will determine when that six weeks of severe weather arrives. Then another measurement of whether it is okay for tree planting is if the ground is still workable, then you’re good to plant!  

What is the planting season for trees?

Tree planting should be taken as a lifelong investment and how well you take care of this investment will determine how well it will grow and prosper. There are things you can do that will help you make the most of this investment, such as selecting the right type of tree, where to plant the tree, how careful you are while planting it, and how well you do the follow-up after the tree planting part. Yes, it is almost like raising a child!

Ideally, the dormant season is the best tree planting time of the year. That is usually after the leaves have fallen during the fall and before the buds break out in the spring.  But then weather conditions come into play as well. You want the temps cool so the trees can establish their roots before the spring rains come and the summer heat arrives. But you need the ground to be workable too, so tree planting needs to be before the first hard freeze.

Trees can experience a shock when they have been balled and bur lapped at a nursery, and when replanted, a “transplant shock” is common. This is where the tree’s growth has slowed down, may ben appear to be close to dying. This can happen when tree planting container trees too.

Therefore, it is important to have the site prepared before the trees arrive and to handle the trees with care so as not to cause any more damage to the roots.  After the transplanting has completed, follow up care is what will make the difference if the tree is going to recover and survive.

What is a good tree to plant in front yard?

The tree planting that we do in front of our home needs a lot of thought due to the visibility they will have. Depending on what part of the country we live in, we want our front yard to have color year-round, from the spring flowers to the brightness of the fall foliage. Some of the best trees that can provide all of this and more are:

  • Golden Chain Trees – only offer a brief flowering period and is somewhat a fussy tree that does better in cool, moist environments.
  • Silk Trees – an invasive tree for warm climates.
  • Dogwood Trees – you get four trees for one price with these as they beautiful spring blooms, fall foliage, and the winter enjoy its horizontal branching, while the birds have red berries to eat.  
  • Weeping Cherries – a novelty tree for any landscape design that provides the springtime with splendid flowers.
  • Crabapple Trees – beautiful spring flowers and pollinates apple trees, drawing wild birds to feed.
  • Crepe Myrtles – a popular choice for the south because of its hardiness in warm climates with beautiful pink, purple, red, or white blooms in early summer.
  • Palm Trees – a warm climate tree but can tolerate cold weather as well, offering large palm leaves for shade.
  • Holly Trees – a broadleaf evergreen glossy foliage with barbed margins, and berries for the birds.
  • Bloodgood Japanese Maples – a slow to a growing tree that is med-size and offers the perfect amount of shade for the patio.
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Expert Tree Planting Service

When all is said and done, you now know the importance of having trees on this planet. Doing your part with tree planting around your home, your business, or taking part in community tree-planting events will all contribute to saving the climate, as well as adding value to your home. Tree planting along a fence line can make the perfect setting for a bench or Adirondack chairs to enjoy your yard. Need help with tree planting in Fort Worth, TX? Call Fort Worth Arborist Co. today at 817-975-0180!