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Trees Make Our Lives Better

By January 25, 2021News
Trees add beauty

From Morton Arboretum – here are a few ways trees improve our lives:

Trees bring us relaxation.

The sight of trees reduces blood pressure and increases worker productivity. Exposure to trees and nature reduces children’s stress, which can reduce symptoms of attention deficit disorder. Drivers who can see trees and nature are less frustrated. A view of trees helps hospital patients recover more quickly and has been shown to reduce blood pressure and stress.

Trees keep us cooler.

By casting shade and giving off moisture from its leaves, a big shade tree can reduce the surrounding temperature by 10 to 15 degrees. In cities, planting a large amount of trees can reduce the “heat island effect” caused by heat stored in paving and masonry buildings.

Trees make our streets quieter.

Trees reduce noise by absorbing sound, especially at high frequencies. A band of trees and shrubs planted on a raised berm can reduce highway noise by 6 to 10 decibels.

Trees make our cities safer.

On a community-wide level, the presence of trees in urban neighborhoods is linked to reducing aggression and lowering criminal activity. In city areas with nearby trees and natural landscapes, there is less domestic violence. On tree-lined streets, people drive more slowly, reducing accident risk. Studies have shown that trees contribute to stronger ties among neighbors, and a greater sense of safety.  Trees facilitate closer supervision of children in outdoor places, healthier patterns of children’s play, more use of neighborhood common spaces, fewer property crimes, and fewer violent crimes. Adolescents in urban communities may display less aggressive behavior if they live in neighborhoods with more greenery.  In addition, studies suggest that the presence of trees simply makes urban residents feel safer overall.

Trees surround us in beauty.

Trees improve our lives and bring joy to our hearts.  Green in summer, golden in fall, lovely even in winter when their branches are outlined with snow, and glorious in spring.  Trees bring life to city streets and grandeur to suburban boulevards. Without trees, our neighborhoods would be stark and lifeless. The horizon would be empty with no trees to soften it. Without the woods, where would the trail go?

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