Types Of Trees
Benefits Of The Many Types Of Trees
It is known that different types of trees have been on this earth before man ever came into being; what isn’t known is exactly how long they have been here. The tree could very well be the foundation of our ecosystem, without which we could not survive.
Trees have a vital role on our planet. While their benefits may be too numerous to list, there are several functions that people should know about to give them a broader understanding of the tree’s importance.
Most people know the obvious benefits of trees:
• Providing wood for homes and furniture
• Supplying shelter for animals, insects and birds
• Offering shade on hot days
• Growing fruits and nuts to sustain us
The tree has many more crucial benefits, however, that affect our environment and our very survival.
One of the most important aspects about how trees make life more bearable for humans relates to the air we breathe. Trees act as magnets for chemicals in the atmosphere such as carbon dioxide; absorbing them and storing them to keep levels low enough so as not to present a danger to living creatures.
Their ability to dilute carbon monoxide also keeps the environment healthier by reducing its detrimental effect on atmospheric levels, such as with the “greenhouse effect”. In turn, they give out necessary oxygen that is clean and pollutant free.
Trees also act as filters for various pollutants that are normally found in the air; pollens, dusts and smoke. The towering trunks also assist in soil preservation. With long reaching root systems, the traveling tentacles hold onto soil to prevent erosion. The roots also bring water up into the trunk, prohibiting heavy rainfall amounts from carrying off valuable, rich topsoil.
Different types of trees provide different values to the ecosystem, as well as to our own well-being. Certain species of trees supply humans and wildlife alike with foods of fruits and nuts.
Others, with the widespread branches and dense leafing pattern, offer habitats and sanctuaries for insects, birds and wildlife.
Trees are as versatile as the climates in which they live:
Coniferous trees thrive throughout the year.
Deciduous trees drop their leaves when they go dormant during cold, harsh winters.
Some trees are valuable sources of medicines; the Ginkgo, the Aspen and others have been used for centuries as cures and treatments for a wide range of disorders.
Planting trees in the landscape can provide a wind break for your home, and the shade of these will also offer a cooling effect for your home in heat of summer.
If your home is near a highway or other noise producing location, a carefully planned line of evergreen trees will shield your home from excessive noises, as well as provide a privacy factor.
There can be no doubt that the tree has been influential in forming human civilization. Even in the earliest days, trees have been utilized to further progress. Tree trunks of certain types of trees were used to fashion canoes and later to build fishing vessels.
Branches were carefully carved to become tools that could kill prey for food.
Logs and planks cut from trees were made into houses and the furniture to fill those homes.
The first vehicles to transport people were wagons made from wood.
Plows and other tools were developed first from wood to begin the art of gardening that would supply food.
It is vital for the population to recognize the impact that trees have made on the earth and its inhabitants. All that they have contributed in the past, all the benefits they contribute to the world today and all that their existence offers to the world of tomorrow should make everyone realize that we need them to survive.