Greeley has been designated as "Tree City USA" by the Arbor Day Foundation since 1980. We are a community that loves are trees, but we often don't think about the benefits that trees bring to our families, community and environment.
The confirmation of Emerald Ash Borer in Larimer and Boulder Counties warns of the unavoidable introduction of a new tree pest to Greeley. On February 5, attend the Landscape Lecture, Emerald Ash Borer and Trees beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Greeley City Council Chambers. Learn what to look for on your trees. As well as, what you can do to help protect the trees in your yard, to prevent losing these beautiful assets.
Here are nine benefits of trees in the community & your home:
- Landscaping, including trees increases property values by 5 to 20 percent.
- Trees frame views and help to create attractive entryways, streetscapes, and corridors.
- Large, healthy trees produce better air quality. Trees release oxygen into the air we breathe. Leaves on trees absorb gaseous pollutants.
- Trees can lower your winter heating bill. Plant trees on the north and west of buildings to reduce cold winter winds and heating demand.
- 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.
- 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.
- Trees prevent rainwater runoff by intercepting water on foliage.
- 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.
- 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.