Arthur will help but local trees still need some local love.
As everyone should know we’ve got some rain and stormy weather on our way but this rain isn’t going to instantly solve the distress that some of our urban tress are in due to the recent hot, dry spell.
It does cost money to plant and maintain urban trees, but the benefits of a healthy urban forest out weight the cost. A willow oak, Quercus phellos, with at trunk 20 inches in diameter provides benefits of about $86 every year in energy savings, cleaner air, cleaner water and other benefits. Let that same tree grow to 25 inches in diameter and the benefits increase to $233 annually. Cooler, shaded streets also need less maintenance, saving even more money.
Watering new trees will get them off to a healthy start, trees can improve YOUR health too. There is now ample evidence that children living in neighborhoods with more trees are less likely to have asthma. People are more likely to get outdoors and exercise in areas with trees and gardens. Spending time in green spaces reduces stress and the trees keep us in the shade while we’re outside.
Since so much of the land in this country developed, it is now important to support a complex ecosystem in urban areas. This is done with plants, native species where possible and with a diversity of species. We cannot survive without the flora and fauna that live on earth with us.