In this article with Angie's List, Tim Jackson, district manager of Davey's West San Antonio office, tells readers to plant a tree and enjoy some shade this Arbor Day.
Posted: April 7, 2016
Trees are one of nature’s most wonderful gifts. They clean the air, increase property values and support wildlife. Trees also provide shade, which keeps you cool and minimizes the harmful effects of UV rays on your skin. That’s right — trees actually act as nature’s sunscreen. In honor of Arbor Day, plant a new tree or show your existing trees some love.
If you plant a tree this Arbor Day, choose one that will provide you with the best shade. Deciduous trees with large spreads of dense foliage protect you from the sun and provide thicker coverage during intensely sunny summer months. Plant your new tree on the east, west or northwest side of your home to offer shade from the summer sun and reduce air conditioning costs by up to 35 percent.
You don’t have to plant a tree to celebrate Arbor Day. Inspect the trees you already have by doing the following.