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The Benefits of Big Trees

“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”
– Warren Buffett

Trees are nature’s eye candy. They’re big, elegant, and beautiful and they bring those same attributes to wherever they stand. Big trees take these same qualities and raise the bar even further with added benefits. Don’t believe me? Here are just some of the amazing benefits big trees can bring:

Benefits to Your Family

Big trees bring their A-game when it comes to benefitting you and your family. Here’s how:

With a bigger tree, you can expect cleaner air. That’s right, if a little tree can clean some air, you can bet a bigger tree can clean more. Trees can also clean so much more than just carbon dioxide, too. In fact, they can also clean substantial amounts of ozone, carbon monoxide, and sulfur dioxide. With air clean from these toxins, you and your family can enjoy better health!

Larger trees are also excellent at filtering noise. If noisy neighbours or constant traffic have you pulling out your hair day after day, a tree could be your solution. To get technical, the layers of branches and foliage work as a barrier that sifts the sound waves apart, making them less audible. You don’t have to be a scientist to notice the results, though.

While you’re creating a noise barrier, you’re also creating a privacy barrier. This barrier is amazing and works both ways. Not only will people not be able to pry as easily into your yard, but you also will have an excellent shield against any unsightly happenings outside your yard. Instead, you’ll be left with a beautified and sheltered oasis.

With a large tree, you may also notice less sunburns on you and the kids with filtered UV rays. Based on some studies, the shade of a large tree can reduce the harmful effect of UV-B rays by up to 50%. No more itchy, sore, and achy skin? Yes, please.

Big trees also make excellent playmates for children. You’re right – it does sound odd to think your child would befriend a tree. Studies have shown, though, that children who have the opportunity to interact with nature can often have better concentration and reduced mental fatigue. 

Benefits to Your Bank Account

While they’re busy making a better life for you and your family, big trees are also working to help your financial situation, too. 

Big trees offer big shade, which can cool your home and lower your electricity bill. Everyone knows the pain of a hot summer day and the dread of the bill we’ll inevitably receive, racked up with air conditioning use. With your house being kept cooler, more naturally, you’ll save yourself the expense of using that bittersweet machine.

Reversely, big trees can also lower your heating bill in the winter. How? Simple – trees, especially evergreens, act as a natural barrier against wind. With less cold air trying to force its way into your home, you’ll have less need for the heater that breaks the bank, too. 

Because of all their amazing benefits, big trees can also increase the value of your home when it comes time to sell. In fact, large trees like oaks have been known to increase values by as much as 15%. This means your $200,000 home could see a $30,000 boost in resale value. Easy money, straight in your pocket.

Benefits to the Environment

Trees not only have positive effects for you as an individual, but they also work to benefit the environment as a whole. 

As trees clean air and filter toxins, they help to reduce the greenhouse effect and slow global warming. As we all know, the overload of toxins in the air is slowly eroding our ozone layer that protects us from the harshness of the sun. With those toxins being munched to bits by bigger trees, we can help to keep our planet green, clean, and healthy. 

With rain and water runoff, soil can slowly erode away. Trees, however, work to prevent soil erosion. The trees absorb more water for themselves and the deep and complex root systems hold the ground together nicely.

It’s no secret that critters love trees – everything from squirrels to birds. By planting a large tree, you’re creating a large and natural habitat for wildlife.

When it comes to big trees, the benefits really outweigh the negatives. Not only do they bring beauty and stately aesthetic to your home, but your family, bank, and environment will all see added benefits, too. For more information on bringing home a large tree or to browse our selection, come into the garden centre today!

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