There have been countless studies done on the effects of trees on human health. Some of the results might actually surprise you. In addition to providing beauty to an area, there are many reasons why you should plant a tree. Here are the most unusual reasons to plant a tree in your yard, near your curb, or by a sidewalk.  

1. Tree Make Your City More Walkable

Tree’s make someone’s outdoor space naturally feel more walkable. No proof needed here: simply picture a shaded lane in the summertime, versus an unshaded one and you’ll get the picture.  One is pleasant and romantic, the other just sounds hot. If that doesn’t convince you, trees are a great way to stop cars from hitting pedestrians – they make great natural sidewalk barriers. Many cities actually plant trees near sidewalks to slow down cars. 

2. Trees Can Make People Smarter

Even when taking into account other factors like income, studies showed that children perform better when there are trees on their school grounds. Students also have been shown to have a higher graduation rate when their classroom window faces a tree. Will trees get your kids into an Ivy League School? That’s unclear, but it certainly can’t hurt. 

3. Trees Reduce the Urban Heat Island Effect

The Urban Heat Island Effect (UHI) is a well-documented phenomenon. It happens when urban areas remove green things. A major city devoid of greenery can be up to 22 degrees warmer than the outlying area.  In order to combat this, simply plant a few trees and watch your shady lawn become a cooler place to be. 

4. Trees Heal People 

Trees may not make you immortal, but they certainly can help. Residents are less likely to get heart or lung disease when their neighborhood streets are lined with trees. 

In fact, a study based in Toronto, Canada, proved that when there are 10 or more trees on a city block, residents’ health shot up. This health benefit was actually the equivalent of being seven years younger.

5. Trees Reduce Mental Illness

In New Zealand, a study found that trees boosted mental health. While many environmentalists have been talking about the benefits of nature for years, it’s actually been proven to be true. Trees have been shown to actually reduce blood pressure and stress related illnesses. So get to planting!

6. Trees Hide Things

A strategically planted tree can hide an unsightly wall, drainage ditch, or blemish on your property. Additionally, trees actually block sound from roadways, meaning that a row of well-placed trees can make your home and yard a quieter place. 

Did any of these tree facts surprise you? When you’re ready to plant a new tree or shrub in your yard, keep these unusual tree facts in mind. Also, don’t forget to consider things like climate, planting area, and tree height before you choose your next tree. If you have questions about which trees are appropriate for your home or business lawn, consult with a local company such as Tree Service Stamford. Happy planting!