We generally associate cities with concrete, skyscrapers, pollution and an absence of greenery. But in recent years, there has been a growing awareness of the fact that trees and vegetation are essential elements in the development of healthy living spaces for city dwellers.
In addition to the aesthetic aspect, trees play a vital role in maintaining biodiversity and improving our quality of life. Let’s take a closer look at their impact.
Lower ambient temperatures
During the dog days of summer, trees help cool the air, thanks to the shade they provide. In fact, according to the Urban Forestry Department at Michigan State University, a strategically placed tree can reduce a home’s air conditioning needs by as much as 30 percent during the summer months. Trees can also help minimize the health problems related to excessive heat.
Reduced pollution levels
Smog is a mixture of atmospheric pollutants produced by the burning of fossil fuels (petroleum and coal), the vehicles we drive and certain factories, among other things. For those living in the cities, it’s a real nuisance.
This pollution has numerous negative consequences, including poor visibility and poor air quality. Trees provide a simple, yet effective solution to diminishing the effects of smog. It is estimated that a healthy tree can trap up to 7,000 suspended particles per liter of air.
We all know that trees play a major role in the absorption of carbon dioxide (CO2), but few of us realize just how much of an impact they have on regulating the amount of water in the soil.
Thanks to their network of roots, trees absorb a significant quantity of water, helping to reduce the risks of flooding and overflowing storm sewers, while also minimizing soil erosion.
Recreation areas and gathering places
City parks represent wonderful living spaces where we can relax, get some fresh air, play sports and spend time with our friends and family. These green spaces not only enhance the lives of the city’s residents, but also provide essential zones for biodiversity.
At Émondage SBP, we’re proud that the work we do benefits the natural world around us. Whether you have a tree that needs trimming or you need expert advice on arboriculture, we’re here to serve you and answer all your questions.