Urban Trees Have Big Benefits

If you live in the city, you may want to think about making sure that your property has a lot of trees. There are several reasons why you want to make sure that you have as many nice healthy trees on your urban property as possible. Not only are those reasons good for you, they can help benefit your town or city, especially when they become part of the entire tree mass in your urban location. 


Everyone learned in elementary school that trees breathe in carbon dioxide and exhale oxygen. But it's not just CO2 that trees can absorb. On average, a single tree can absorb about 100–200 lbs of carbon and other pollutants a year. As the tree absorbs those pollutants, it puts more oxygen into the air, meaning that the air around the tree is purer. The more trees in any urban setting, the better the air quality in the city will be. 

Temperature Control

If you've ever looked at the temperatures in an urban area vs. a rural area, you will notice that the urban area is much hotter. That's because an urban location becomes something that is called an urban heat island. A UHI is an area where the temperature is driven up through the activities of humans. Generally, the biggest cause of an urban heat island is the change in surface covering. A change in surface covering would be something like getting rid of grass and putting down asphalt paving. That paving absorbs the heat of the sun and reflects it back up so that it heats the air up. Trees can help lower the amount of heat that gets put back up into the air. That's because the shade the trees provide help keep that area from getting too hot. 

You can also use trees to help control the heat in your own home. You can do that the same that trees are used to help combat the urban heat island problem. If you plant trees so that they will provide shade over your roof and over your windows, it will help to keep your house cooler in the summer. You can also plant trees so that they shade your driveway, which will help to keep that heat from being reflected up into your house. 

If you aren't sure what kind of trees you should add to your yard in order to make sure that you can get the benefits, you can contact a tree service like Phoenix Tree Service . They will be able to tell you what trees work best in the area, and which ones would be the best for your particular yard. The tree service can also come in and make sure that your trees stay in good shape.