Green Week has passed for this year, and Arbor Day is but a memory. But to many people, remaining eco-friendly is more than something we do for a couple weeks a year. We do it because we have a passion for doing what's right, for protecting what's been given to us. And being environmentally responsible is easy to do when we make even small changes in our everyday routines - Using canvas bags at the grocery store, rather than paper or plastic. Replacing your shower head with a water-saving one. And including healthy, vital trees on your property.
Trees that are healthy benefit the environment in many ways. Shade trees reduce cooling costs in the summer by up to 50% by shading the windows and the walls of your home (American Public Power Association). In the winter, trees that are properly placed around buildings can reduce the energy needed for heating by 20%-50% (USDA Forest Service). Trees can sequester enormous amounts of carbon while releasing new oxygen into the air... this will reduce the carbon footprint of your home (A Yellow Poplar will sock away an impressive 137.26 pounds of carbon a year!). According to the United States Forest Service, the best trees for carbon sequestration are those with large trunk diameters and dense wood. It also helps if the trees sport leaves in lieu of needles, so choose a hardwood over a conifer. Choosing the right tree for your property is often challenging and can require a lot of research and knowledge. We'll help you create a tree-care plan that will save you on energy costs and carbon usage.
Most people have trees on their property that are already functioning to some extent, but larger, more-vital trees do a better job of absorbing carbon than small unhealthy trees do. TreeMasters has been making a better future for trees for over 20 years, so contact us to make a plan that will ensure that your trees are the best they can be. Even the strongest of trees are doomed to die someday, and in doing so, spew their carbon back into the atmosphere. It's best to consider keeping the carbon in place (maybe by turning them into lumber or mulch) rather than allowing them to decline and decay. It's hard to make decisions about what's best for your trees: how to help them grow in vitality and vigor, how to protect them from disease and insect infestations, whether or not a tree has a future; we can help you make those choices and then we'll help you create a strategy that works best for you, your property and the environment. Call us today!
Jeff Ling is a Registered Consulting Arborist and Co-Founder of TreeMasters, Inc., a full service arbor-care company, located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. TreeMasters provides tree owners with scientific tree management services throughout Indiana, southern Michigan and western Ohio.