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Count on Trees to Protect You Against Heat Waves

This hot summer we’re having will surely repeat itself in the years to come due to global warming. What are your biggest allies to protect you against heat waves? The trees. Let’s think long term now.

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Planting trees in your yard can help mitigate against rapid climate change. In addition, your quality of life will improve tremendously, and your property’s value will increase. Here are interesting facts about nature to help convince you.

  • A mature tree is powerful enough to draw up to 100 gallons of water from the ground and release it into the air, around your property, in one single day.
  • Trees absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen in the air. They store gas emissions from cars, which means they help fight against greenhouse gases. You won’t feel suffocated in a given space when trees are around. In short, they prevent risks of excessive heat and make the air you breathe cleaner.
  • Trees naturally shelter the home. In the summer, if you plant it facing south or even west of the house’s façade, it will absorb a part of the heat; thus, cooling the inside of the home. Plus, they provide shade on the property.
  • Trees are natural air conditioners. They can reduce your need for air conditioning by up to 30%.
  • Trees can increase the value of your property by up to 18%. It’s a fact.
  • The trees’ roots stabilize the ground which helps curb water pollution.
  • Well-located, trees can lower your energy costs in the winter, especially evergreen trees. That being said, you shouldn’t plant evergreens and hardwood trees at the same time in the year. They each have their own quirks and needs.
  • Trees offer natural protection against noise.
  • The collateral benefits are numerous and scientifically proven. Trees convey a sense of pleasure that affects your mood and reduces stress. Life’s hardships are easier to bear. Watching trees blowing in the wind provides peace of mind.
  • First and foremost, you should consult your municipality. Some tree species are prohibited. Regulations govern tree planting because there are many obstacles to consider, like overhead wires, underground cables and roots too close to your home’s exterior could wreak havoc on your foundation and drain line.
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(Source: Tree Canada)

 

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