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Why Trees are Important

Trees have always been into human consumption since time immemorial. It has been used as a source for lumber, timber, paper and other related products. Moreover, there are other trees that are used as an enhancer in aesthetic value of places such as parks, backyards and even your neighborhood. Among all of these things, it could be proven how trees are very much essential in our lives.

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However, more to these things, what else are the important usages of trees? Why do we need to preserve them? Why is it important to our lives?

Written below are some of the many uses of trees in our lives. This will not only educate people about how trees are essential, but also, it will be a way to help preserve the lives of trees, especially when people already know why it exists in the world.

1. Clean Air

A lot of studies have proven that trees actually produce a cleaner air. In urban areas, trees and forests are actually saving one life, in average, since the air is ‘filtered’ in a way that particulates in the dirty air are cleaned by trees. A study has proven that deaths in heart diseases and respiratory problems have risen after all of the trees are cut down in their area. This is precisely the reason why trees are considered as the lungs of the world, because it gives and produce oxygen.

2. Jobs

More and more people are actually spending their leisure time at parks and national forests. This means that because there are trees in these recreational places, economies of countries with these kinds of natural resources could be healthy especially that these areas actually generate jobs.

3. Clean and potable water

Forests are proven not only to filter the air we breathe but also provide a natural filter in water. For instance, in New York City, tap water is potable not because it is filtered mechanically by machines but it is mostly because of the surrounding forests it has in its perimeter.

4. Mental Health

Studies have shown that people who are feeling down may feel good especially when taking a walk in the woods. Access to green areas, or areas that are rich in trees and forests could necessarily yield cognitive functioning, self-discipline as well as over-all mental health. One study even proves that trees that could be seen by patients outside hospitals could help in the over-all revival of the patient.

5. Temperature control

The effects of climate change could be felt almost in all parts of the world. Change in temperature, more intense weather condition and stronger presence of storms and hurricanes are only few of the effects that climate change has been manifesting. Planting of trees could necessarily reduce this increase in heat. Moreover, households that are shaded by trees could actually spend 12% on cooling costs especially in the summer, where heat is utmost intense.

6. Flood control

It has always been proven that water can hold a large amount of water that would necessarily stream its way downhill and surge into the rivers and into towns. This is precisely the reason why trees are important especially in the case of a flood prone city or area.

 

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When to Trim a Tree

A lot of us fancy trees planted especially on our backyards or in our neighborhood. This is because not only for the reason that trees are actually a good source of oxygen thus fresh air, but also because the aesthetic value that the tree provide in a particular place where it is situated is incomparable. However, just like any other things, trees need to be attended to and taken care of because it might cause some hassle especially when there are dead branches of leaves on the roads or some pile of dead leaves especially during autumn.

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This is precisely the reason why every now and then, trees should be trimmed and pruned. However, when really is a tree needed to be pruned? Is there a specific time of the year that you could prune and trim them rather than just whenever you like?

Written below are some of the tips on when to prune and trim a tree.

When to Prune

The question of the perfect time a tree should be pruned is also dependent to the reason why you prune it. For instance, light pruning or the removal of dead wood could obviously be done whenever you want. However, being able to know that individual species may actually have different set of needs that is crucial to be remembered.

Winter

One of the most common time of the year where trees are trimmed and pruned is during the winter. The result of trimming and pruning during this season will be very promising, especially that the tree will have to experience new growth in the following season, that is spring. Thus, as a tree owner, you have to maximize this time especially when you have a desired effect that you would want to achieve to the tree. Usually, it is best to wait until the lowest temperature of the winter has passed where the tree should be pruned and trimmed in order to attain best results.

Summer

To be able to ‘manipulate’ the growth of tree branches by slowing it down, especially those that you don’t want, or in other words, to slow down the ‘dwarf’ development of a tree or a branch, pruning and trimming should be done instantaneously after the growth season has been completed. The slowing effect is for the reduction of the total leaf surface that would also reduce the amount of food that is going to be produced and send towards the root. Moreover, summer pruning and trimming is done in order to ‘correct’ a tree. For instance, limbs that are defective can be seen more easily during this time or those that hang down too far below the weight of its leaves.

When not to Prune

Of course, there is a certain time in the year that you should never prune or trim a particular tree, and that season is fall. In fall, decay fungi spread its spores abundantly during this season and the ‘healing’ of ‘wounds’ when you prune and trim your tree will be relatively slower in fall. This is the time when you have to keep your pruning tools inside your storage.

You could do tree trimming yourself, or you can call any Austin tree service professional, who are more efficient in doing it because it could save you time, as well as produce a more efficient job in the long run.

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What Trees Should You Consider

Trees have different assets that go well with some landscapes. And others have requirements in order for them to survive on your yard. Many best live in moist, woodsy and rich soils on the acidic side and others like alkaline soil which is dry because it does not have matters that hold moisture.

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But some trees are needed to be considered because of their liabilities like thorns which is not safe for families with children, others are weedy and it does not look good in the front yard. Also, some are messy which spread twigs and all that all over the place. This is why you need to search for trees that will really suit your liking.

A lot of people thinks that if the tree is small, it is still young but it is not always like that, some might be small because it does not have enough nutrients to support its growth and some are also made to be small and cute.

Trees also live according to the weather on the country you are living in. Tropical trees can never survive in cold weather and this is why you need to make sure that it really fits your home. Trees that are planted in the city are more likely to live shorter life spans as compared to the trees that planted in the countryside. There are also trees that can still live despite extreme weather conditions.

EXAMPLE OF ORNAMENTAL TREES

  • Callery pear has small white flowers during spring and it produces colorful foliage during autumn. This tree is fast growing and its canopy reaches 45 feet at its maturity
  • Crabapple grows up to 30 feet tall and it has dark pink flower buds that blossoms into white during the spring. The flowers from it produces little red and yellow apples that are mostly eaten by birds. This tree has its unique irregular shape.
  • Japanese maples can grow up to 25 feet tall and it has foliage that are rich in color and has interesting shapes.
  • Redbud has tiny and pinkish with a little bit of purple flowers in its stems and branches in the early moments of spring. These flowers will give way to many rows of leaves that are in the shape of the heart. The pods are more visible when the leaves turn yellow during autumn.
  • Saucer Magnolia can grow up to 30 feet and its flowers are six inches long and it has the color of pale pink in the spring.
  • Chinese dogwood has many white flowers that have pointy petals. It also has dangling red fruits from the branches during fall.
  • Weeping cherry can grow to 25 feet tall and will spread very wide and they have flowers in pink or white which is great to look at.
  • Citrus will have white flowers that you would like and it has fruits that can be eaten but this try will die if they are not cared properly
  • Serviceberry is a small tree or a large shrub which can only grow to 20 feet. The white flowers in June become dark fruits that you can eat.