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The Many Benefits Of Trees

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Most of us tend to go about our everyday activities without giving the trees surrounding us much thought.  National Arbor Day is a holiday that reminds us all of the importance and value every single tree has.  Arbor Day is recognized and observed around the world by all different cultures.  In the United States, it is celebrated on the last Friday in April.  On this day, it is encouraged to get outside and plant a tree.  Planting just one tree has many different benefits for the environment.  Some of these benefits include purifying the air, supporting wildlife and providing shade to protect us from the damaging effects of the sun on our skin.

The Many Benefits Of Trees | angiethefreckledrose.comIt’s time to act today!  The Davey Tree Expert Company is committed to making a difference and providing solutions for a growing world.  Along with The Shade Foundation, Davey Tree is looking for us all to apply nature’s sunscreen this Arbor Day.  The healthy trees around us actually act as a natural sun protectant.  Trees are equally important as applying sunscreen, wearing sunglasses and putting on hats.  They act as our defense against the harsh rays of the sun.  That’s why it is important to join in and take the pledge.  It’s easy, and reminds us that we are held accountable for our health and nurturing the environment around us!

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Gardening With Trees

The Many Benefits Of Trees | angiethefreckledrose.comMany people overlook trees when it comes to gardening.  An interesting fact I've learned about trees is that they provide the first available food for pollinators in the spring.  Trees create a natural habitat for the pollinators we all know and love.  So planting trees ends up benefitting your garden by attracting the beneficial insects needed to make it successful.  They can be especially beneficial because of the density of their blossoms.  Trees support different species of hummingbirds, moths and butterflies.  These species end up pollinating more than 85 percent of flowering plants. That's a large amount of work they do for us!  A favorite tree of mine, the crabapple, has over 308 dependent species.  Pear, Oak, Willow, Hickory and Elm are a few of the best trees that support pollinators.  Get outside today and create the best pollinator habitat you can, and your garden will be thriving in no time!

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Benefits Of Trees

The Many Benefits Of Trees | angiethefreckledrose.comTrees provide us with clean air and shade for people as well as homes.  This saves energy that we use to stay cool which can lower the cost of air-conditioning.  Trees can also help regulate water flow and improve water quality.  One of the best benefits of trees is that many provide food.  There are lots of different varieties of fruit and nut trees you can plant in your very own backyard.  A few of my favorites are Harrow Sweet pear, North Star cherry, and American chestnut trees.  Trees planted in your yard can increase property values up to 20 percent.  Research has proved that just spending time near trees can improve physical and mental health.  It can increase our energy level, and improve how fast we recover from injury.  Being around trees is known to lower your stress levels and blood pressure.  They increase biodiversity and provide animals with a habitat, food and protection.

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Nature's Sunscreen

According to Jim Zwack, director of technical services at Davey Trees, limiting exposure to UV radiation minimizes harmful effects of sun to the skin, but sunscreen is not enough.  The American Cancer Society agrees that shade from trees can add another element of protection.  If we keep our trees healthy, they, in return, keep us healthy.  It is important to take note that not all shade is created equally.  Here are some helpful facts to keep in mind when keeping yourself protected from the sun.

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Keep Yourself Protected

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The National Institutes of Health reports incidences of melanoma doubled in the U.S. over the past 20 years.  It is important to keep in mind that skin cancer is highly curable if found early and can be prevented.  As mentioned above, tree shade can provide protection from the sun.  In addition to this, make sure you cover exposed skin with clothing.  It is also a great idea to wear wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses with UV-A and UV-B protection.  Farmers and gardeners are at high risk of exposure being out in the sun all day.  Implementing these clothing choices can really make a difference on your health.  Make sure you regularly use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher.  On hot, sunny days, it's a great idea to relax under some trees in a hammock to further block out the harmful rays. 

The Many Benefits Of Trees | angiethefreckledrose.comAccording to The Shade Foundation, one in five children grow up to develop skin cancer.  They share more helpful information with us when it comes to staying protected.  Remember to use caution when near water, snow and sand.  Plan in advance and check the UV index before going outside.  You can check the UV index for your area here.  It is still important to receive Vitamin D, so do so safely through diet and supplements.  Give yourself regular examinations and check your skin once a month.  

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Keep Your Trees Healthy
The Many Benefits Of Trees | angiethefreckledrose.comThe healthier the trees and environment around you, the healthier you will be in return!  It is important to regularly inspect your trees and shrubs from the bottom up.  I usually spend extra time doing this in the spring because of the harsh winters we have here in New England.  Look for brittle or dead branches, soft or decaying wood, small holes in the trunk or shallow pits in the bark.  During yard cleanup, remove parts of trees that look unhealthy or dead to keep trees thriving and encourage new growth.  It is also important to apply a slow-release fertilizer to keep your trees strong.  This replaces nutrients and protects trees from disease, insects and stressful weather.  
Keep all your plants well watered through the season as it is important to keep trees hydrated.  A watering method that quenches roots is necessary for all trees and shrubs.  Keep an eye out for those suffering from drought stress.  Makes sure to give these trees a deep watering.  It is important to do your research before and when planting trees in your yard.  You want to plant a tree in an area it will thrive and benefit off the conditions.  Just like flowers, you wouldn't plant a bulb that thrives in sun in your shade garden.  It may grow, but it will be weak and struggle throughout the seasons with the wrong conditions.  You want to make sure you are not only maximizing your tree's lifespan, but also improving the quality of your landscape. 

"Certified arborists can spot hazards, explain concerns and find something you missed. Schedule regular check-ups with an arborist to ensure the best care for your trees." - Jim Zwack, Director of Technical Services at The Davey Tree Expert Company

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Plant A Tree

The Many Benefits Of Trees | angiethefreckledrose.comThe most important step when planting a tree is doing your research.  There are so many great online resources for this.  One of my favorites is the Tree Wizard.  Through some easily answered questions, Tree Wizard will recommend the best tree for you!  It's great especially for someone like me who often doesn't know where to start.  Also, don't underestimate the amount of knowledge you can get locally at garden centers and from arborists in your area.  Never be afraid to ask questions.  You want to provide your tree with the best conditions possible.  A tree is alive just like a family pet you care for, and relies on you to help it thrive. 

If you are looking for step by step instructions, check out a helpful three part video series shared by Davey Tree here.  I'm a visual learner, so watching this really helped me understand and guided me through the process.  You can watch Talking Trees: How To Plant a Tree (Part 1) below. 

"Don't underestimate the value of trees and plants. Plant trees in the right place, and provide proper tree care and landscape maintenance this spring and beyond to enjoy the benefits for years to come." - Jim Zwack, Director of Technical Services at The Davey Tree Expert Company

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I feel like we all, in some way, have a special connection with the trees around us.  Memories of climbing them as a child, lying beneath them during summer vacation, and playing hide and seek in our yard.  We all have flashbacks that wouldn't be the same without those leaf filled branches above.  Planting your very first tree is something that you will always remember--I can guarantee it!  Do you have any fun stories about planting trees?  Perhaps planting a tree when you moved to a new home, or planting one to mark a special occasion?   I would love to hear all about it in the comment section below! Is there a certain variety that you would like to add to your yard?  Tweet me @thefreckledrose and feel free to show me pictures.  Don't be intimidated!  Get out there and plant a tree today!  It can't hurt to give it a try, and the good you are doing for the environment is truly infinite.  Happy Arbor Day everyone! 



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  • Vy Tran
    April 29, 2016 at 6:54 am

    My Dad and I planted Pomegranate and Guava trees in his back yard years ago and they are still going strong. They won’t be providing much sun protection as they aren’t that big, but I can certainly vouch for the health and flavors of their fruit and the therapeutic effects of gardening on one’s mind.

  • Lana
    April 29, 2016 at 7:20 am

    This is a beautiful post. I just read about a study that has been completed proving that people who live near trees are significantly healthier physically and mentally than those who don’t.

  • LizCasteel
    April 29, 2016 at 7:23 am

    I love this! We have been discussing planting trees in our yard since we were among the first to move into a brand new neighborhood and we all know that means they demolish the trees around the area. So we have naked and HOT yards. And you really do miss the trees when you have none.

  • Heather
    April 29, 2016 at 7:32 am

    We live deep in the woods and it is all about keeping them healthy–for practical reasons as well as enjoyment! Beautiful photos and thanks for the Tree Wizard tip!

  • The How to Guru
    April 29, 2016 at 7:57 am

    I love this so much. It’s a joke in our house – “Mom’s looking at trees and the clouds again!” They pick at me because I can’t help but see their beauty on a daily basis. GREAT info here.


  • Lindsey
    April 29, 2016 at 8:59 am

    I grew up in the branches of a Magnolia tree on our farm in rural GA. More trees please!

  • Lindsey
    April 29, 2016 at 9:00 am

    I grew up in the branches of a magnolia on our family farm in rural GA. More trees please!

  • Candy
    April 29, 2016 at 10:04 am

    We always plant trees every year. Hate see them cut down for no reason

  • Tess Ciarloni
    April 29, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Great post! You definitely do feel better when you’re around trees – especially here in Canada when you’re up north. One of my favourite things to do is go on a hike in a forest and be surrounded by trees. I do also have very fond memories of a willow tree in my parents backyard. We would climb it, had a tire swing hang from it and I even made a crown from the branches. So much love for the shade it provides also!

  • Joce
    April 29, 2016 at 11:06 am

    Beautiful reminder to care for and enjoy the trees around us. I know I always feel more grounded after getting out in nature with the trees!

  • Sofia
    April 29, 2016 at 11:17 am

    Love this! Learned something new today 🙂 Lovely photos too!

  • Heather @ new house new home
    April 29, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Great post, Angie. Pinned!!

  • Sarah
    April 29, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Lovely posts with great photos. I’ve dreamed of owning loads of land and planting trees in it. It’s always said to them being chopped down!

  • Joleen Steel
    April 29, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    As a child my family moved a lot. I always missed my favorite tree or rock or glade in the woods more than anything. Thanks for this reminder of how wonderful trees are.

  • Lisa Sharp
    April 30, 2016 at 12:07 am

    I grew up on 40 acres of woods. I love trees so much. We just moved to a new house which has two huge trees in the backyard and our neighbors have nice big trees as well, I love it.

  • Brianna
    April 30, 2016 at 9:45 am

    This was a really interesting read! Thank you for sharing! I had no idea it was Arbor Day here in the US!

  • Jennifer Ostroski
    April 30, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    I love this, I took the pledge!

  • Rosemary
    April 30, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    Great post with a nice breakdown of all the benefits of trees. For my birthday a couple of years ago, I got a tree planted in my name. This remains one of my fav gifts ever. Yeah for trees. Thanks for sharing.

  • Christine
    May 1, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    You are so right, a lot of people just generate to planting flowers. I am hoping to be able to buy a substantially sized tree this year for my backyard. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

  • Kim
    May 1, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    Your photographs are wonderful and I LOVE trees. I hate when people clear cut a lot to build a house…it makes me sad.

  • Joscelyn | Wifemamafoodie
    May 2, 2016 at 1:31 am

    I just love big, shady trees! If I could plant any tree in my backyard it would be some type of fruit tree like a pear, orange, or avocado tree!

  • Linda
    May 2, 2016 at 9:53 am

    Such a wealth of information Angie. Trees are so valuable with so many benefits. Thank you for sharing at DI&DI.

  • image-in-ing: weekly photo linky
    May 2, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    We have lots of shade in our yard. Some people have suggested we cut some down so we can grow some sun-loving flowers. I don’t have the heart to do it!
    Thanks for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2016/05/snorkeling-on-saint-thomas.html

  • Carla
    May 2, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    Ask anyone who spends any time with me and they’ll tell you how I bore them with my love of trees. LOL

    It was such a pleasure to see all the tree photos. Great post. 🙂

  • Hung Thai
    May 3, 2016 at 2:03 am

    Excellent post! We have a big garden and trees all around and you’re right – the trees are the first to flower and provide pollination 🙂

  • Vanessa
    May 3, 2016 at 8:04 am

    This is a great post…extremely informative. I guess the part about the trees being the first source of food for the bees is obvious but I had never considered that. Thank you for the information especially as I am currently doing some work around our yard and will need to plant some trees soon.

  • Chauntel
    May 3, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    I absolutely adore trees. I have a huge cottonwood in my backyard and it is wonderful! My dad planted several poplar trees along his driveway years and years ago, sadly he passed away before they really grew. I love driving past his old house and seeing them thriving. What a wonderful article!

  • Dave
    May 3, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    Some great information in here, I didn’t know just how helpful trees are to the pollinators! I’ve always focused on small shrubs when trying to attract them to my garden.

  • Megan - Creative Vegetable Gardener
    May 3, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    This subject is close to my heart because I’m married to an arborist! He has a love affair with trees so we’ve planted a lot in our yard in the past two years since we bought our house. But, always away from my veggie garden! I’m a fellow member of the Garden Foxes and I’m going to share this post on my FB page this week.

  • Christine - Jar Of Lemons
    May 4, 2016 at 12:34 am

    I live in an area jam packed with trees! People are always complaining about allergies, but it’s so refreshing to be reminded of the benefits that they provide!

  • Megan Earl
    June 28, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    Wow! I knew that trees were awesome but I didn’t know that they had so many benefits. For example, I had no clue that trees could increase property values up to 20 percent. That makes me want to plant a bunch of trees. My husband and I are thinking about selling our house in a year or two, so increasing our property value would definitely be in our best interest.