Reasons We Love Trees

Find out why trees are important, and the benefits trees offer, from increasing home property values to enhancing human well-being.

Trees Rule

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the next best time is today.” ~ Chinese proverb

And if you can't plant a tree today, try this weekend. There are many reasons to plant a tree, including health benefits, cost savings and increased property value.

Fall is generally a great time for planting most trees and not just because the weather is better for landscaping. The warm ground combined with the cooler air helps the roots get established before winter and without the stress of the summer heat.

Here are some essential reasons to plant a tree today.

1: Increase Property Value

Trees add curb appeal, and curb appeal sells. Even if you don’t plan on staying in your house until your tree is fully mature, shade trees and ornamental trees will make your home more attractive when it's time to sell. Many studies have found that houses on wooded lots sell for more money. Even studies done by real estate experts have found that retail areas and office buildings surrounded by trees are more desirable and command a higher rent.

2: Reduce Utility Bills

If planted smartly, trees can help conserve energy and lower your utility bill. You can strategically place trees so they will provide summer shade, winter warmth and winter windbreaks.

3: Improve Air Quality

Remember this from grade-school science? Trees consume carbon dioxide and produce oxygen, and humans are the opposite. So, not only do trees give us a fresh oxygen supply, they remove large amounts of air pollution thus improving air quality, especially if you live near a busy street- like Congress or Johnston. Also, several studies have found that being near green spaces helps reduces stress and promotes physical activity. So not only will you breath better, you'll exercise more.

4: Combat Water Pollution

Stormwater run-off carries ground pollutants into rivers and streams — things like fertilizers, car oil, pesticides and pet waste. Wooded areas help absorb the chemicals before they reach our water supply and waterways.

5: Trees Are Pretty

As kids, what's one of the first things we learn to draw? A tree. Whether it's a lollipop shape, cone shape or a deciduous tree in winter, we all love looking at trees and pictures of trees. That's especially true in the fall when we start thinking about the different types of trees in our yards and which will put on the best show of color.

6: Improve Yard Health

Trees can also increase the health of your yard in a variety of ways. For instance, if your property has an incline, erosion can be a big issue. Planting a weeping willow or two near the incline can help prevent soil erosion.

7: Free Mulch

Mulching fall leaves with a lawn mower can act as a natural weed deterrent. Mulched leaves provide nutrients, not only to the tree itself, but also for your yard or other plants.

8: Improve Your Mental Health

Trees are strongly linked to fewer negative thoughts, fewer symptoms of depression, better moods and increased life satisfaction. Another study from Scientific Reports mentions that residents of tree-lined communities feel healthier and have fewer cardio-metabolic conditions than their counterparts.

9: Create a Screen

There are many tree and large shrub (tree-like) options that help act as a privacy fence. Trees can provide a natural privacy and noise screen. Their full foliage helps block the view into your yard, and it can also help block out noise. Researchers in Photochemistry and Photobiology have found that full canopy shade trees can also act as a natural sunscreen, providing a similar coverage to UPF 10 sunscreen.

10: Grow Food

Trees can be doubly beneficial in your yard, adding beauty but also serving as a source of food if you plant a pear, apple, citrus or other fruit or nut-bearing tree. Aside from fruit for us humans, trees provide food for birds and wildlife.

11: Reduce Crime

Trees are also known to reduce crime. A study of Chicago public housing found there is less crime — personal and property — in apartment buildings that are surrounded by trees. They cited two reasons. One, greenery helps relax people, thus reducing aggression. And two, green spaces often become gathering spaces where people come together to create a community and watch out for one another.

Before You Come Tree Shopping

-Talk to us about what grows well in our area. Google and Pinterest are amazing tools, but some of the photographs are of landscapes up north or a wet or dry or sun or shade area that doesn’t match our conditions locally. We specialize in our Acadiana area- from the typical conditions to soil to plant specimens. If you want to grow it, we can help you know it. Being a local nursery has the benefit in us only ordering what typically thrives in our seasonal and soil conditions.

Have fun with our Plant Finder tool here! You can search by name, size, blooming, and more! 

- Trees are wider than they are bigger. Make sure your tree's roots have plenty of room to spread and grow. Know where your underground utilities are located and plan accordingly. If you're planting trees on a sidewalk lawn (aka — tree lawn or berm, depending on where you're from) stick to smaller varieties.

- Look up before you plant. Don't plant tall trees under power lines. That three-foot sapling may not look menacing now, but in a few years it can be knocking into utility lines and leaving you and your neighbors in the dark. Plant small ornamental trees by power lines.

- Trees need some babying in their first year. Even if the tag says your new tree is drought tolerant, it still needs to be watered frequently through the first four seasons to get established. Also, make sure to mulch it correctly; yes, there is a wrong way to mulch. Don't create big mounds or "volcanoes" around trees. Leave a space of 8 inches between mulch and tree trunks.

As always, we can help in your efforts- from picking to planting!