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9 Benefits of Healthy Trees for Arbor Day

April 17, 2017

Greeley loves its trees. Arbor Day is April 28 and Greeley will be designated a "Tree City USA” by the Arbor Day Foundation for the 37th consecutive year. Lawns with trees, usually require less water, because of the shade they provide. Below are a few upcoming tree themed events.

April 22 - Pruning Your Landscape Materials Workshop @ Houston Gardens
April 29 - Arbor Day Celebration @ Sherwood Park
May 10 - Tree Selection, Planting & Care Workshop @ Greeley Rec Center

Two Trees in a Garden

Here are 9 benefits of trees in the community and in your yard.

  1. Landscaping, including trees increases property values by 5 to 20 percent.
  2. Trees frame views and help to create attractive entryways, streetscapes, and corridors.
  3. Large, healthy trees produce better air quality. Trees release oxygen into the air we breathe. Leaves on trees absorb gaseous pollutants.
  4. Trees can lower your winter heating bill. Plant trees on the north and west of buildings to reduce cold winter winds and heating demand.
  5. Trees can lower summer cooling bills. Trees planted on south, east and west of buildings provide shade and evapotranspiration that can reduce summer air temperatures by 10 degrees reducing the need for air conditioning. It is estimated that trees can save up to 160 dollars on cooling costs, each year.
  6. Landscaping and trees improve soil fertility by extracting carbon from the atmosphere and transferring it to the soil creating topsoil, cycling nutrients, opening root holes, loosening soil, increasing infiltration rates, and pulling nutrients trapped deep in the soil profile to the rooting zone.
  7. Trees prevent rainwater runoff by intercepting water on foliage.
  8. Trees can mask concrete walls or parking lots, unsightly views, and your neighbors. They muffle sound from nearby streets and freeways, and create an eye-soothing canopy of green.
  9. Shade from trees slows water evaporation from dry lawns. Most newly planted trees need only fifteen gallons of water a week. As trees transpire, they increase atmospheric moisture.

You can learn more about trees in Greeley at greeleygov.com/forestry

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