Early in pre-colonial times the northerly states sported forests in a nearly unbroken band, from the East Coast to the West Coast of the United States. Trees are a very important part of our ecosystem. They are part of the carbon dioxide and oxygen cycle that allows for all animal life to exist. Trees are life giving organisms that provide not only the air we breathe, but also lumber for tools, shelter and food. Trees help to regulate climate and also moderate the effects of rain. They accomplish this as their roots anchor the soil preventing erosion and absorbing water to be released gradually. This helps prevent or at least moderate floods.
Trees Convert Carbon Dioxide to Oxygen
Climate change is curbed by the absorption of carbon dioxide. For instance an acre of trees over a year’s time can absorb the equivalent of 26,000 miles of driving emissions. Many of the pollutants we deal with in our daily existence are soaked up by the trees and removed from our surroundings and incorporated in the tree’s tissues and bark.
Trees provide shade, and cool our sidewalks and roads. Asphalt and concrete absorb sunlight, and hold heat. Trees break up the heat absorbing islands that dot our cityscapes. This cooling effect aids us during the summer by providing shade for our housing and reduces air conditioning requirements. As trees transpire they release moisture to the atmosphere, shade lawns preventing evaporation and contribute to our outdoor comfort. Ultra-violet rays bombard us daily, and may lead to skin cancer. Not only a concern for our children’s health but our elderly as well. As we age, we are more susceptible to sun damage and cancer. For our children and elderly to enjoy the outdoors we need the shade and protection provided by trees. A tire tree swing or a tree house will provide many hours of pleasure and imaginative hours of exploration and fun.
Fruit, Nut & Maple Trees
Trees provide us with many foods, nuts, fruit and sugars (maple trees). Nature provides a bounty for wildlife by having trees.
Spiritual Energy & Healing Power of Trees
Forrest and trees can heal the mind and spirit. The mere sight of a tree grove can reduce mental fatigue and provide healing for the injured.
Trees Used in Construction
Without trees we would have no homes. Concrete and steel provide structural support for commercial buildings. Our homes, however, utilize lumber to a large degree, and nothing is more satisfying than a well made piece of wooden furniture. We depend on wood for building, tool handles, furniture and a plethora of useful articles that are used in our daily life. Well groomed trees and shrubs also improve the curb appeal of home and business. Trees invite those to loiter in front of business inviting customers.
Trees Are Used to Make Paper
Trees provide us with paper. Packaging, promotional items from business cards to posters all originate from trees. Though we are yearly reducing the consumption of paper goods, paper still plays a major part in the pursuit of commercial activities. Correspondence, books, pamphlets and instructional material depend on paper, and ultimately the humble tree.
Tree Trimming, Removal & More in Haverford, Wayne, Bala Cynwyd, King of Prussia & Radnor Township, Pennsylvania
Trees need maintenance as do all growing things. They need trimming to avoid power lines and infringement of sidewalks and streets. Trimming adds a pleasing visual experience as well as promoting health by trimming away dead and diseased branches. Do it yourself? You can, but there is a considerable investment in time, learning and equipment to be considered. Trees that don’t look healthy need to be evaluated as to cause. Lack of water, too much water, insect infestation or lack of nutrients all need to be considered for a healthy tree. If you’re stumped, don’t have time or the interest you need a professional. Crecraft for Tree Craft have the staff with the expertise to support with preservation and care of your arboreal garden. Contact us for your tree care needs!