Thursday, April 3, 2014

Save big by planting trees on your home, farm

by Michael J. Andrews
Lead District Conservationist
Did you know the cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is the same as having 10 air conditioners operating 20 hours every day?  
In addition to their cooling power, trees provide other benefits – no matter if you live in the city or in the country.  
Trees growing along the banks of rivers and streams keep the soil and nutrients on your land and ensure the water running off is cleaner downstream.  
These same trees also help prevent floods by slowing down water during periods of heavy rain. As the water slows, it helps recharge underground aquifers that supply fresh water for drinking wells and irrigation.