By Patricia Porchey
Sarasota, FL (August 1, 2009)- During these hot, muggy summer days, we tend to gravitate to that picnic table under a tree’s canopy, or park in a shady space. We know that the temperature will be much lower in the shade of a tree compared to open spaces. Trees shading your home can translate into energy savings.
Trees save energy, calm traffic and benefit our physical and emotional well-being. Did you know that car speeds are reduced by seven to 12 mph on roads with tree canopies? Trees benefit our emotional and physical well-being. Property values are increased by five to nine percent when there are trees on the site.
We like trees.
The national Millennium Arbor Day celebration was celebrated in Sarasota in 2000 on the grounds of the Ringling Museum. The Millennium Tree Trail was planted with 43 trees, native and non-native, all suitable for our area. The City of Sarasota values trees and has been a designated “Tree City” for 23 years by the Arbor Day Foundation. This is a “national recognition for greener communities” and it “tells visitors that here is a community that cares about its environment.”
The city’s Street Tree Program has resulted in the planting of more than 100,000 trees in city right of ways. Sarasota County has a successful Neighborhood Initiative Grant Program and a Grand Tree Ordinance; both are intended to respect the beauty of trees and their intrinsic value to the environment.
What are the benefits of trees to homeowners?
* They lower temperatures in summer and reduce energy costs by a third.
* They improve air quality by reducing air and groundwater pollution and release oxygen into the air.
* They channel air flow and provide insulating space.
* They create privacy and deflect wind.
* They provide habitat for wildlife.
* They produce food- berries, fruits and nuts.
* They provide seasonal color- flowers and leaves.
* They give emotional comfort.
Sarasota Herald Tribune- Programs promote the planting of trees
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