7 Reasons to Be Thankful for Trees

In this article from Angie's List, Ed Legge, district manager of Davey's Charleston office, tells readers why they should be thankful for their trees this season.  

Posted: Nov. 20, 2015

But foliage isn’t the only reason to be thankful for trees. These giant beauties impact our everyday lives in many ways. Learn the reasons you should give thanks for your trees this Thanksgiving season and always.

1. Increased home value

Buyers spend more on a home with mature trees. Trees add an average of 10 to 20 percent to a property’s value, according to the U.S. Forest Service. 

2. Support for wildlife

Trees are an important resource for pollinators. They are a food source and provide a place to nest and a source of shelter for many creatures. 

3. Lower energy costs

Shade from trees reduces the need for air conditioning in summer, saving energy. Also, shading the A/C allows it to run more efficiently.

4. A breath of fresh air

Trees and forests are vital to our clean air supply. Trees absorb carbon dioxide and breathe out fresh, clean oxygen. Trees intercept and absorb pollutants, such as carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide. A mature, leafy tree can produce as much oxygen in a season as 10 people inhale in a year. 

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