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Why we need trees

In the last 12 months, six trees around my house have died, been cut down, or blown over. I miss the shade. My home does, too.

Why We Need Trees

Why we need trees - animalsTrees provide many benefits in addition to beauty and shade. Our partners on earth, wildlife, use trees as their home and for nurturance.

The Arbor Day Foundation website states, “Trees clean air and water, slow climate change, ease poverty and hunger, prevent species loss, and feed the human soul.”

  • Large trees along a street increase property values 3 to 15%.
  • They also reduce air conditioning needs.
  • Trees have also been found to reduce stress in humans.

Arbor Day also says, “Trees can be a stimulus to economic development, attracting new business and tourism. Commercial retail areas are more attractive to shoppers, apartments rent more quickly, tenants stay longer.”

Please keep your neighborhood beautiful. Take care of the trees you have with proper maintenance and trimming, and plant new ones when you can.

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Please note, this article first appeared in the West Plaza Neighborhood Association Newsletter, July-August 2018 issue on page 6.


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Author: Martha Childers

Martha Childers, EdS, LPC is a multicultural psychotherapist specializing in couples, grief and caregiver stress. Martha is a licensed professional counselor in Missouri and Kansas. She received her masters and education specialist degrees in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. She practiced Zen through a variety of Japanese traditional arts for 3-1/2 years. Since that time, mindfulness has been an integral part of her life. Her interest in human nature, beliefs, and life styles led her to become a counselor.

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  1. SHEILA MYERS on July 6, 2018 at 9:35 am

    I agree, Martha! Our trees do nurture us. We recently paid back the favor by having our favorite Arbor Barber give the trees in our yard a wellness check and a trim. We really enjoy seeing these beauties every day.

    • Martha Childers on July 9, 2018 at 8:52 am

      That’s great. Keep it up!

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