Getting Ready for Arbor Day & 5 Benefits of Trees
By Tyler Hill
J. Sterling Morton, the father of Arbor Day said, “other holidays repose upon the past; Arbor Day proposes for the future.”
Let’s get ready for Arbor Day and our future
As the City arborist I am lucky to be able to plant trees year round and especially on Arbor Day. We hold an Arbor Day every year, the last Friday in April. The city celebrates this day with the community and our wonderful children. We partner with the Davis county library Clearfield branch and do a program called Trees and Tots. The library comes out and reads a few books about trees then the children get to assist in planting trees. So let’s plant some trees.
5 benefits of trees
Combat the climate change and provide oxygen
Excess carbon dioxide (CO2) caused by many factors bulids up in our atmosphere and contributes to climate change. Trees absorb CO2, removing and storing the carbon while releasing the oxygen back into the air. In one year, an acre of mature trees absorbs the amount of CO2 produced when you drive your car 26,000 miles.
Three trees placed strategically around a single-family home can cut summer air conditioning needs by up to 50 percent. By reducing the energy demand for cooling our houses, we reduce carbon dioxide and other pollution
Shield children from UV rays
Trees reduce UV-B exposure by about 50 percent, thus providing protection to children on school campuses and playgrounds - where children spend hours outdoors.
Clean the air
Trees absorb odors and pollutant gases (nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and ozone) and filter particulates out of the air by trapping them on their leaves and bark.
Shade from trees slows water evaporation from thirsty lawns. Most newly planted trees need only fifteen gallons of water a week. As trees transpire, they increase atmospheric moisture.