Think of trees as a lifetime investment. With proper selection, they provide you with years of enjoyment and significantly increase the value of your property.
They beautify our surroundings, purify our air, act as sound barriers, manufacture oxygen, and help us save energy through their cooling shade in summer and their wind reduction in winter. Trees are also important to Hampton Roads as they intercept water, store some of it, and reduce storm runoff and the possibility of flooding.
They offer beauty in each season with their form, bark, foliage, flowers, fruit, and sometimes fragrance. But what many don’t realize is that trees offer a variety of practical purposes that are just as important as the aesthetics.
- Trees can reduce bothersome noise by up to 50 percent and can mask unwanted noises with pleasant sounds. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- Trees can reduce temperatures by as much as nine degrees Fahrenheit. Source: American Forests.
A single urban tree can provide up to $273 a year in air conditioning, pollution fighting, erosion and storm water control, and wildlife shelter benefits. Source: American Forests
- Over a 50-year lifetime, a tree generates $31,250 worth of oxygen, provides $62,000 worth of air pollution control, recycles $37,500 worth of water, and controls $31,250 worth of soil erosion. Source: USDA Forest Service
- The net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to ten room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day. Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture