Benefits Associated with the Use of Trees and Vegetation in an Urban Environment

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Planting trees and vegetation has several benefits, specifically in an urban landscape. Some of these benefits include the reduction of air contamination as well as the greenhouse gas combustion protection of all the harmful UV rays. Other benefits include a decrease in storm water runoff and pavement maintenance ease. With its uncountable benefits to the urban landscapes and to the habitats of the community, growth of vegetation and forestry is one of the most essential things that should be involved in a community building strategy. Following are the benefits of trees and vegetation discussed in details.

  • Less Energy Us

With trees going around the building, it becomes less necessary to implant proper cooling systems. Greenery provides enough shelter from the direct sunlight that the insides of the walls remain cold. At the same time, in a building with no trees around will have its walls heating up instantly and will require air conditioners to keep the conditions livable. Based on the size as well as orientation of your plantation, benefits may vary. Another factor to examine in this regard is the distance of the grown plantation from the building in question. If you plant larger trees to the west of your building, they will provide bigger and better cooling system.

  • Minus Air Pollution as well as Greenhouse Gas Emission

Apart from saving energy resources, plantation can also provide you with cleaner air as well as more gas benefits. Following are some of them mentioned:

1.  Trees planted for shade help in reducing evaporative emission of parked vehicles

2.  Green leaves help in the removal of pollutants from the air. This process is called the dry deposition

3. Vegetation and trees store and remove carbon dioxide

4.  They are also efficient in reducing greenhouse gas emission.

Researchers have been investigating the potential for expanding vegetative covers and trees in an urban landscape to provide the habitats with a better air quality.

  • Reduction of Evaporative Emissions

Having shade trees in the parking lot can be very helpful. In the summer especially, the gas tanks of parked vehicles can get extra heated up. However, the trees can help keep this cool, which helps in lowering the evaporative emissions of VOCs. Many of the big cities have special arrangements to prevent these emissions to the minimum level, and a part of the strategy is always shade trees. According to a piece of research, these emissions can be lowered to 2% per day if the communities along the parking lots planted large canopy trees.

  • Dry Disposition

Green leaves take in all kinds of pollutants from the environment and convert them into other forms of chemicals or acids. Through the process known famously as the dry disposition, green plants help in purifying the air and reducing gaseous material. According to a survey within the US, current carbon storage of trees in the country is around about 700 million tons.

  • Better Human Health

Needless to mention, planting green trees add up to a healthy living. Reduced air pollution, more oxygen, better shade and of course, fresh vegetation can lead up to healthier people. The quality of air we breathe in adds a lot to our health, the more pollute the air, the more damage caused to our lungs and overall health. A house surrounded by trees is safer from hundreds of diseases than a house out in the open.

Apart, from health benefits as mentioned earlier, trees help in the cooling process of the building as well. If your house has shady trees, your rooms will be a lot of cooler. Finally, the reduction of direct contact from the UC rays is very beneficial.

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Rachel Zoe - Certified arborist working in a national tree company since 2005. Find her related tree articles here.


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