In this Texas Lifestyle Magazine article, Kevin Martin from Davey's North Austin office talks about the importance of oak trees and the sustainability properties.

Posted: October 13, 2023

Oak trees are a keystone species in Texas and crucial in maintaining ecosystem health and biodiversity. They support more wildlife species than any other tree through habitat and as a food source. Each oak tree can produce up to 3 million acorns in its lifetime and drop 700,000 leaves per year. This is a substantial amount of food for birds, squirrels, deer, insects, and decomposers. According to the National Wildlife Federation, oak trees support 952 separate caterpillar species, more than any other tree in North America. Caterpillars comprise 96% of the primary food source for nesting songbirds and their chicks.Large live oak tree from Houston Texas

Needless to say, oaks are super trees. Top-ranking for air quality improvement, carbon sequestration, preventing soil erosion and absorbing pollutants in the soil. They pull ozone, carbon monoxide, particulate matter, and other pollutants from our air. Their expansive canopies shade surfaces and reduce temperatures by as much as 10 degrees while reducing air conditioning needs by up to 30%. And, a scientific study proved Live Oaks were the top-performing tree for neutralizing pollutants in the soil.

These majestic trees can outlive generations, connecting the past with the present and providing a living link to our heritage.

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For more information, contact the North Austin Davey office.

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