Friday, April 30 is National Arbor Day. Trees add beauty to our landscape, but they also provide many environmental benefits:
* Just one acre of forest puts out about four tons of oxygen – enough for four people for an entire year.
* Adding trees around your home can increase its value by up to 15 percent.
* One young, healthy tree has the same cooling effect as ten room-sized air conditioners running 20 hours per day!
* One tree absorbs 4,000 gallons of rain and snowmelt each year, preventing erosion and protecting water quality.
(Source: Arbor Day Foundation. “Benefits of Trees.”)
This a great time to add a tree to your yard. Enter your zip code at http://www.arborday.org/treeinfo/zonelookup.cfm to learn which hardiness zone you live in and identify trees that will grow well in your climate.
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