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Plant a Tree for Your Health

One of the best things you can do for both your health and the planet is to plant a tree; and now is the perfect time of the year to brighten up your landscape, help clean the air and make yourself feel better mentally and physically. 

What should I plant? 

The beauty of living in the South is the wide variety of trees to choose from. First decide where you want your new tree to go. Then make sure the soil is compatible, there are no nearby electrical lines that will be a problem as the tree grows, it isn’t going to be too close to your home or outbuilding and there is plenty of room for the root system. After these questions have been answered, check out this handy South Carolina Forestry Commission list for trees that thrive in our state. 

How do trees help the environment? 

  • Trees help improve the air quality by filtering out harmful contaminants including noxious odors and pollutant gasses. 
  • Trees work to conserve energy by providing shade in the hot summer and acting as a wind break during the colder months, in turn reducing energy costs and the amount of pollutants released into the air from heating and cooling systems.  
  • A healthier ecosystem is created when trees are present. Shrubs, ground plants and wildflowers flourish when sheltered by trees. Wild animals and birds are provided with a home and in many cases, a food source.  
  • Trees can reduce runoff into storm drains, streams, creeks and rivers which in turn increases water quality. The leafy canopies work to temper the force of a heavy rainstorm, allowing the drops to fall slowly to the ground keeping the surrounding soil in place and reducing flooding and erosion.  

How do trees help your health? 

  • Obviously better air quality is a major plus for all humans, especially those with respiratory problems including asthma and COPD. Breathing cleaner fresh air can also boost our immune systems. 
  • Spending time around trees has shown to lessen blood pressure, reduce stress and may help to combat depression and anxiety
  • Research has determined in a hospital setting being able to see trees can help with patient recovery. Studies have shown those with a “green” view require less pain medication and have a faster recovery time with less post-operative complications. 
  • Directed attention fatigue is a medically recognized condition that may be controlled simply by spending time outdoors. Exposure to a natural environment provides unthreatening stimuli which in turns allows the brain to relax and the mind to wander. 

This is just a short overview of all the good trees can do for both our physical and mental health. For more in-depth information, check out this 2019 Washington Post article written by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Chris Mooney. 

And don’t forget, fall is also the perfect time to have your trees inspected and pruned before the upcoming winter weather. To schedule your complementary inspection please call Eric with Out on a Limb Tree Service today at 864-320-8787. 

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