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15 reasons you should plant a tree today!

Last updated on May 16th, 2017 at 02:41 pm

As Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax once said, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

Something as simple as planting a tree can have a great impact on the Earth. Being that today is Arbor Day, there’s no better time to start than today.

Still not sure? Here are 15 reasons you should plant a tree…today!

  1. Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30%.
  2. Well-maintained trees and shrubs can increase property value by 14-27%.
  3. One tree produces an estimated 260 pounds of oxygen per year. How much is that? It’s enough to support two people every year.
  4. A single tree can absorb as much carbon in a year as a car produces while driving 26,000 miles.
  5. Trees are renewable, biodegradable, and recyclable.
  6. Trees generate jobs and contribute raw materials for buildings, newspapers, books, and more.
  7. Some studies indicate that neighborhoods with trees had lower crime rates.
  8. Other studies show a strong link between being in nature and improved stress levels.
  9. People who live near trees are generally happier and have healthier relationships.
  10. Each average-sized tree provides approximately $7 savings in annual environmental benefits such as energy conservation and reduced pollution.
  11. Trees provide food and shelter for wildlife.
  12. Plant a fruit or nut tree on your property and enjoy the fruits of your labor!
  13. Trees help reduce soil erosion and water runoff from storms.
  14. When planted alongside roads, trees can help reduce glare.
  15. One word: treehouse.

I can’t stress the importance of planting trees! They are miracle workers when it comes to recycling, protecting, and providing. Many can take 20+ years to grow to maturity so the best time to plant a tree is now.

If you live in an area where you just can’t plant a tree, check out the Arbor Day Foundation to see how you can help. It’s also worthwhile to look into your local park systems. Many need volunteers to lend a hand. There are also several groups such as the New Jersey Tree Foundation that organizes tree planting and educational events for communities.

Let’s start caring a whole awful lot and watch things get better because this planet is the only one we’ve got! Plymouth Rock Assurance wants to know: how are you celebrating Arbor Day this year?

 

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