In the current economic environment it may be hard to think about spending money on your trees. However, your trees actually have a value and they pay you every year! To find out the value of the trees in your landscape, click on the red dollar sign above. You will be taken to the National Tree Benefit Calculator's website, where you'll be able to get a report on the benefits of your trees. All you need is your zip code, your tree species, and the approximate diameter of our tree's trunk, measured at breast-height (DBH - diameter at breast height). With just these few pieces of information, the National Tree Benefit Calculator can tell you the overall benefits of your tree, as well as a breakdown into categories such as property value and energy savings! It will even tell you how much your tree will be worth as it grows larger.
For example, a 25" DBH pin oak tree gives you an overall benefit of $358 every year! Wow! Money really does grow on trees.
Why are trees beneficial? While most trees are planted to provide beauty or shade, there are also social, communal, environmental, and economic benefits.
SOCIAL BENEFITS: We like trees around us because they make life more pleasant. We feel serene, peaceful, restful, and tranquil in a grove of trees. Hospital patients have been shown to recover from surgery more quickly when their hospital room offered a view of trees.
COMMUNAL BENEFITS: Even though trees may be private property, their size often makes them a part of the community as well. With proper selection and maintenance, trees can enhance and function on one property without infringing on the rights and privileges of neighbors.
ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS: Trees alter the environment in which we live by moderating climate, improving air quality, conserving water, and harboring wildlife. Climate control is obtained by moderating the effects of sun, wind, and rain. We are cooler when we stand in the shade of trees and are not exposed to direct sunlight. In winter, we value the sun's radiant energy. Trees also intercept water, store some of it, and reduce storm runoff and the possibility of flooding.
Air quality can be improved through the use of trees, shrubs, and turf. Leaves filter the air we breathe by removing dust and other particulates. Rain then washes the pollutants to the ground. Leaves absorb carbon dioxide from the air, and also absorb other air pollutants such as ozone, carbon monoxide, and sulfur dioxide. They also give off oxygen.
ECONOMIC BENEFITS: Air-conditioning costs are lower in a tree-shaded home and heating costs are reduced when a home has a windbreak. Trees increase in value as they mature. Trees are a wise investment of funds because landscaped homes are more valuable than nonlandscaped homes.