There’s no doubt that Johannesburg is one of the leafiest cities in the world. Trees line our streets and congregate in our parks and many properties have large gardens with several mature trees. Aside from making your garden more attractive, is there really a good reason why you should plant another tree in your garden?
Actually, there are at least five reasons to plant more trees. Here they are in no particular order:
Trees can save you money
Unfortunately, money still doesn’t grow on trees—but planting a tree or two can help you save money. Planting trees around your home protect it from the elements. In the right place, trees can block the harsh summer sun and keep your home cool. In winter, trees act as windbreaks which trap the heat around your house.
Research has proven that trees around homes and building can reduce the costs of heating and cooling spaces.
Trees can increase the value of your property
It’s a fact! Mature trees can increase the value of your property by up to 20% and may even reduce the time it takes to sell your home. Buyers are fond of well-established neighbourhoods and landscaped gardens.
Large, healthy trees add character to a home and are particularly appealing to young families. On hot summer days, they provide a cool and comfortable place for children to play.
Trees improve air quality and reduce noise pollution
Aside from absorbing harmful carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen, trees are able to filter many air pollutants by trapping particulates on their leaves and bark. They also absorb odours and polluting gases, leaving the air around your home cleaner and safer.
If you want your home to be a haven of peace and tranquillity, you need trees. Planting trees in strategic places (such as along a wall that faces a busy street), can reduce noise levels by up to 40%. They’re also more attractive to look at than a solid brick wall.
Trees save water
If you’re looking for ways to reduce the amount of water you use in your garden, planting a tree will help. With the shade they provide, trees slow down the rate at which water evaporates from the soil. As they transpire (sweat), they add moisture back into the air, creating a cooling effect in their immediate vicinity.
If you use wood chip mulch, you can further prevent the evaporation of water and improve the quality of your soil at the same time. Mulch is an organic material that provides many benefits to trees and plants.
Tree provide shelter for small animals, birds and insects
In suburbs and cities, trees provide a refuge for wildlife in the form of squirrels, birds and all types of insects. These creatures form an important part of the local ecosystem. Anybody who has trees in their garden will tell you how wonderful it is to watch birds build their nests and raise their young in the same tree year after year.
Trees beautify our spaces and come with a host of benefits to our health, happiness and environment. If you have the opportunity to add another tree to your garden—don’t hesitate, get planting today!