Summers in North Carolina are no joke. Just imagine a summer like ours without the cool shade of our mature trees! Shade trees are a must for any landscape, as they help to shield flowers from heavy rain while also providing some cover from the sun during hot days. Beyond that, they’re absolutely beautiful—but those aren’t the only reasons to plant more on your property.
Benefits of Shade Trees in Landscaping
Big trees bring their A-game when it comes to benefitting you and your family. Here’s how:
Large trees clean the air. A large tree can absorb substantial amounts of carbon dioxide, ozone, carbon monoxide, and sulfur dioxide.
Larger trees are also excellent at filtering noise. If noisy neighbours or constant traffic have you pulling out your hair day after day, a large tree could be your solution. To get technical, the layers of branches and foliage work as a barrier that sifts the sound waves apart, making them less audible.
While you’re creating a noise barrier, you’re also creating a privacy barrier. Shade trees and larger shrubs can keep your yard hidden from neighbors and passers-by, which helps your yard feel more like an extension of your living space.
Benefits of Shade Trees for Your Bank Account
As it turns out, planting shade trees has benefits beyond your landscape. Shade trees can also help you keep more money in your pocket.
With the right positioning in your yard, shade trees can naturally cool your home and lower your electricity bill. When your home isn’t under direct sunlight, your air conditioner doesn’t need to work as hard. This means you can expect lower electricity bills in the summertime.
Then, in the cooler months, big trees can also lower your heating bill. Trees, especially evergreens, act as a natural barrier against wind, which has a the same effect on your heating system that shade has on your AC. With less cold air trying to force its way into your home, you’ll have less need to crank up the heat.
Because of all their amazing benefits, big trees can also increase the value of your home when it comes time to sell. In fact, mature shade trees like oaks have been known to increase residential property values by 7% or more.
Benefits of Shade Trees for the Environment
Trees not only have positive effects for you as an individual, but they also work to benefit the environment as a whole.
As trees clean air and filter toxins, they help to reduce the greenhouse effect and slow global warming. As we all know, the overload of toxins in the air is slowly eroding our ozone layer that protects us from the harshness of the sun. With those toxins being munched to bits by bigger trees, we can help to keep our planet green, clean, and healthy.
Rain and water runoff can cause soil to slowly erode away. Trees, however, work to prevent soil erosion. The trees absorb more water for themselves and the deep and complex root systems hold the ground together.
Trees also provide important habitats for wildlife. By planting a large tree, you’re encouraging more biodiversity in your neighborhood.
Choosing Shade Trees
At Carolina Seasons Nursery, we carry a range of trees that will gradually introduce all of these benefits over time. We carry:
There’s a reason mature trees add so much value to a community. Not only do they add stately beauty to your landscape, they also give back to your bank account and the environment. Visit us today to find the perfect shade tree for your property.
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