Trees are essential for the health of our planet. They are akin to the lungs of the planet, breathing in carbon dioxide and breathing out oxygen. Trees provide beauty for humans as well as food and habitat for wildlife. Their shade keeps us cooler, and they provide ecosystem services which include intercepting ultraviolet light, absorbing rainfall, stabilizing soil, sequestering carbon, and reducing air pollution.
Additionally, a growing body of research confirms that trees are good for humans in many more ways. Research conducted in both forests and under tree canopy in urban settings suggests that being around trees leads to reduced stress and anxiety, improved health, and increased creativity. Studies have shown that spending even short amounts of time in proximity to trees seems to benefit our immune systems. Other research documents lowered blood pressure and improved heart health after spending time around trees. Still other studies indicate that spending time in nature, and in particular time spent under and around trees, helps us to feel kinder toward others and can lead to reduced crime.
With the combined value of trees, it is no surprise that they are significant structural components of any landscape setting, whether established trees or new landscape installations.
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Chris Roddick is an Arborist and Foreman of Grounds at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and a NOFA-Organic land care Professional. In the past 20 years Mr. Roddick and his team developed the botanic garden’s tree care program and established the BBG as a leader in Conservation Arboriculture and veteran tree care. He also helped lead the Garden’s move from a chemically-based IPM program to a more organic approach. Though the process of trial and error (much error) he has experimented with many different organic, cultural, and environmentally responsible methods and products to improve the garden’s soil and plant health.
Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world.
― John Muir