Roots of a treeYou see trees every day. But have you ever thought about the benefits of trees? Trees are a very valuable part of landscapes.

  • Trees improve air quality by removing particulates and air pollution.
  • The shade they cast on buildings can lower summer temperatures and reduce energy costs.
  • They increase property values.
  • They can help reduce pollution and flooding by taking up water with their roots—water that would otherwise have flowed off the landscape and created stormwater runoff.
  • Well-chosen and -maintained trees can also help protect your home from hurricane-force winds.

According to the American Forestry Association, each year a single tree in the landscape provides $73 worth of air conditioning savings, $75 worth of erosion control, $75 worth of wildlife shelter, and $50 worth of air pollution reduction. If the resulting annual total of $273 is compounded for 50 years at 5 percent interest, it results in a tree value of $57,151. Therefore, the overall benefits of having trees in the landscape outweigh the initial price and maintenance cost of each tree.