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Social, Economic, & Environmental Benefits of Trees

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Here are a few facts about trees that all tree lovers should know:

· 1 Tree reduces stormwater runoff by over 4,000 gls per year.

· 100 trees remove 5 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere per year.

· “The net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to ten room-size air conditioners

· operating 20 hours a day.”—U.S. Department of Agriculture

· “Landscaping can reduce air conditioning costs by up to 50 percent, by shading the windows

· and walls of a home.” — American Public Power Association

· Healthy trees can increase property values by an average of 10%. Trees provide habitat for

· birds, mammals, & insects.

· The roots of trees help reduce soil erosion by holding soil in place.

· “If you plant a tree today on the west side of your home, in 5 years your energy bills should

· be 3% less. In 15 years the savings will be nearly 12%.” —Dr. E. Greg McPherson, Center for

· Urban Forest Research

· “Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30 percent and

· can save 20 - 50 percent in energy used for heating.”—USDA Forest Service

· Through photosynthesis, in 1 day an average tree can provide enough oxygen for a family of 4

· for that day.

· Trees planted along highways & city streets have been shown to help reduce drivers’ stress &

· reduce speeds.

· Mature trees in business districts have been shown to positively affect shoppers’ behaviors.

· Neighborhoods with more trees have been shown to have a lower crime rate.

· Trees help people feel better – both mentally & physically.

· Trees help reduce flooding by helping to reduce runoff.

· “One acre of forest absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide and puts out four tons of oxygen. This is

· enough to meet the annual needs of 18 people.”—U.S. Department of Agriculture

· “There are about 60-to 200- million spaces along our city streets where trees could be planted.

· This translates to the potential to absorb 33 million more tons of CO2 every year, and saving

$4 billion in energy costs.”—National Wildlife Federation

A Sweet Deal when you Buy Mature Trees: How to Turn Maples into Syrup

Friday, December 4th, 2009

It’s always exciting to have your trees produce for you, and with a couple of maples in the yard, your pancakes can be complemented with some homemade syrup. It might sound difficult, to buy mature trees then actually use them to produce syrup, but it’s far easier than it sounds.

Maple syrup is a classic favorite at breakfast tables everywhere. English chemist Robert Boyle said it best in 1663 when he wrote “There is in some parts of New England a kind of tree whose juice that weeps out its incision, if it is permitted slowly to exhale away the superfluous moisture, doth congeal into a sweet and saccharin substance and the like was confirmed to me by the agent of the great and populace colony of Massachusetts.”

Well, move over New England. It’s time for Chicago to make some syrup! (more…)

Fighting the Winter Blues with some Beautiful Evergreens in your Illinois Landscaping

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

It’s almost wintertime, and those nasty wintertime blues can start to sneak up on you. So fight it the best way possible: buying mature trees for your Illinois landscaping project.

Winter-onset depression is not unlikely in the mid-west, where the sun starts to dip early in the day and the cold creeps into the bones. But a beautiful evergreen tree in your front yard is a nice way to combat it. Green to combat the blues. And it’s not to late to add it to your Chicago landscaping project.

In fact, planting season doesn’t end for a couple of weeks, so there is still more than enough time to adorn your yard with a beautiful tree to sway in the winter breeze, because it’s the simple things, the elegance of it all, the joy of life in the cold winter … it’s not too late to have an Illinois landscaping project that can turn your snowy white lawn into a veritable collage of illustrious colors.

Of course, it also isn’t too late to buy mature trees and plant them, even if they are not ones to keep color in the lawn, they will be waiting reminders of the breath of life Spring will bring, waxen statuettes waiting to come alive when the first bit of sunlight begins to seep back over Lake Michigan and flood the beautiful streets and unique Illinois landscaping that is one of the reasons we all call this mighty city home.

Christmas Tree Chosen to Add to the Beautiful Illinois Landscape

Monday, November 9th, 2009

It’s that time of year again. The jingles and carolers start appearing on the radio and on street corners, Bing Crosby replacing Bruce Springsteen. And the Illinois landscape changes as well, becoming perhaps even more beautiful than ever. One of the reasons: the addition of the Daley Plaza Christmas tree. (more…)

Illinois Landscaping at the End of Planting Season

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

November is upon us, and that means more than  turkey, family gatherings and a few days off work. It means winter’s almost here, and planting season is about to come to a close. While winter is a great time to browse and buy mature trees to plant come spring, it isn’t too late to have a mature tree planted in the yard and become part of your Illinois landscaping project.

Planting season ends as December begins, which leaves more than enough time to both plant windbreaks and prepare for the upcoming seasons. It might seem like a strange idea to buy mature trees with winter upon us, but it’s actually one of the best times to do so. (more…)

Illinois Landscaping: Winterizing Your Yard

Monday, October 19th, 2009

In Illinois, landscaping can fall by wayside during the winter. With the vicious cold and snow, you can definitely find yourself not worrying about what your yard looks like. But there are many reasons for Illinois landscaping that don’t just involve the superficial! Planting mature trees in your yard can lower your energy costs during the cold season. (more…)

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