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What can a tree do for you? A lot! Check out all the great things trees do for us every day.
They remove pollutants from the atmosphere, improving air quality.
Several studies have shown that a view of trees can reduce stress at work and even speed up healing times for hospital patients.
Through photosynthesis, trees take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen.
Forested watersheds absorb water from rain and runoff, filter it and then refill underground aquifers that are used for drinking water.
Trees lower surface and air temperatures by providing shade and releasing water vapor into the air through their leaves.
By absorbing carbon dioxide (CO2), removing and storing the carbon and then releasing the oxygen back into the air, they are helping to stop climate change.
When planted properly in a yard, a tree can either shade a home or protect it from winter winds—reducing energy costs by up to 20%.
They provide vital habitat and important species range for a wide variety of animals, some endangered.
University studies have shown a reduction in minor crimes as well as domestic aggression and violence due to trees in the environment.
Homes with mature trees tend to sell more quickly…and for a higher price.
They help to absorb the rain before it turns into runoff that becomes polluted and erodes soil.