Planting shade trees in your yard will establish a “green roof” effect. Trees planted near the house will keep it cooler in the summer
heat by shading your home and warmer in the winter by blocking cold blustery winds. Also, trees will absorb rainfall and prevent storm
water runoff. These benefits will reduce your water and energy consumption.
Furthermore, planting trees will help to reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The plants absorb the CO2 and store it as carbon
in their leaves, branches and roots. This is a process known as carbon sequestration. One shade tree can absorb up to 50 pounds
of CO2 per year; that equates to the removal of 100 million tons of carbon dioxide over a tree’s average lifetime of 40 years.
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