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Environmental Benefits of Planting a Tree

Learn how planting a tree will help make your house more eco-friendly in this Howcast video featuring Alegre of Green and Greener.

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Hi, Layla from Amber Living here today to talk about why planting a tree will green your home. First of all, trees are a great opportunity to provide shade for your house. And the old saying, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," if you can keep heat from getting into your house, it's much more energy effective than trying to mitigate the heat, once it's already in your house.

When you have to turn on your air conditioning, it's much more expensive, and it's a much bigger use of resources, than just passively happening to have a tree in the right location, that's blocking the sun.

Another thing a tree will do is it will capture rainfall. Capturing rainfall is great for a number of reasons. It helps replenish the watershed, which ensures that we have drinking water farther down the line. It also helps to keep pollutants out of the ocean, because as the water is absorbed by the tree, the pollutants are filtered out through many different layers of sediment, etc..

An average-sized, mature tree can actually capture between 500 and 1,000 gallons of rainwater in a year. It also helps the sewers from getting overloaded with too much rain. And it helps to keep flooding from happening around your house.

Finally, trees help in terms of erosion. If you have grass, and other plants, sometimes those plants won't survive, because they don't have big enough roots to hold on to the dirt, and eventually the dirt will erode away. Larger plants like trees help to stabilize the soil and keep it in place, for long-term benefits.

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