Trees Are What Everyone Needs

Trees Are What Everyone Needs

Imagine having a picnic with your family in the park.

The trees towering overhead provide cool shade from the summer sun. Their leaves dance in the light, casting shadows in interesting shapes on the ground. Like seeing animals and shapes in clouds in the sky, children imagine so many wonders hidden in these moving shadows.

You finish your lunch and lay back on the cool, red-and-white-checkered blanket, taking a deep, fresh breath. Those park trees are absorbing all the toxins. The air is so much cleaner here.

Then you get up and take a walk through the trees. The wind blows through the leaves, and the only sound you hear is the forest - a collective sound, peaceful and quiet. But when you break it down, it's full of more than a million sounds - forest floor crunching, water trickling, leaves rustling, animals scurrying.

Your children race through the trees, discovering pine cones and acorns and sticks and stones. Their minds are enriched and spinning with ideas and imagination.

The birds nearby create a serenade. They use those trees for shelter and food, including fruits, seeds, nuts and bugs. You hear the scampering of chipmunks and squirrels, and as you look deep into the forest you see the wide eyes and still antlers of a deer. An entire world exists here in this magical place.

And you realize: You are not the only one who benefits from the trees.

Trees provide food, shelter, shade, beauty and cleaner air to every creature nearby - man or beast. Beyond their practical uses, trees stimulate the spirit of creativity.

Lorax Tree Seed
Ted and Audrey of The Lorax on a quest to plant the last Truffula tree seed. Photo: Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment

Trees also carry "TREEmendous" value. One million trees can generate $162 million worth of environmental benefits over 50 years, the U.S. Forest Service reports. Those one million trees can provide oxygen for up to 4 million people on one day and absorb 1 million tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, Tree Canada Foundation explains. Trees also restore habitats of hundreds of species of animals, some of which are threatened or endangered, the Arbor Day Foundation adds.

Unfortunately, the U.S. Forest Service says our cities are losing 4 million trees each year. In communities across the country, this loss of canopy cover means Americans are losing out on the enormous benefits of healthy urban forests. Trees in cities help clean our air, reduce our energy use, manage stormwater overflow and mitigate water pollution. They keep us healthy and cool, while also keeping our neighborhoods green and beautiful.

Lorax2
The Lorax and the Once-ler in a forest of Truffula trees. Photo: Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment

As a tribute to Dr. Seuss today, when his 1971 tribute to trees The Lorax opens in theaters and also on the writer's 108th birthday, we thought we'd take the opportunity to honor our air-purifying, energy-reducing and environment-enhancing friends.

Are you also feeling a little tree love today? You may not be able to plant one million trees, but you can plant one. Treat the environment to a new tree this spring. You'll be doing something beneficial not just for yourself, but for your community, its economy, its sustainability, its people and its wildlife. Now imagine if every person in every community planted one tree. The Lorax reminds all of us that humans and nature are inextricably intertwined, and that trees are essential for strong communities.

As Dr. Seuss himself says: "Plant a tree! Treat it with care. Give it clean water and feed it fresh air. Unless someone like you cares an awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's just not."

Add a comment:
Featured or Related Blog Posts
  • Tune In

    So I haven't played a comic book superhero with incredible powers like telekinesis or the ability to fly. And I haven't donned fangs and sported the trendy tall, dark and handsome vampire look. But, now and again, my fellow Davey arborists and I have something in common with such unique characters: doing something really cool and doing it with a "wow" factor you can see on television.

    That's right, Davey has enjoyed a few minutes of broadcast fame - admittedly not as much as those vampires or superheroes we all know and love - but it still counts, right?

    Our most popular eye candy? moving massive trees. You may or may not know this, but Davey has been moving trees since the 1920s! In fact, we've recently combined our operation with Environmental Design Inc., which equals more than a century of tree moving.

    Read More
  • "Leaf" It to Mother Nature: Falling for Creative Fall Crafts

    'Tis the season for tree canopies to explode with color. Tree leaves exemplify the sun's gradually diminishing heat as the brightest of warm hues paint splotches of color along the surface. Oranges, yellows , reds and plums drape each tree leaf with such beauty for such a brief period of time you can only wish it would last all year long.

    Although Mother Nature limits the highly anticipated fall foliage color show to only a few months of the year, you can preserve autumn's aura by dedicating a bit of extra care, attention and creativity to the leaves falling from the trees.

    Why not share the love you're feeling for fall by preserving some of its best assets--crisp, brightly colored leaves, freshly fallen from the trees--and transforming them into art? Dry and press them like flower petals between the pages of old books and newspapers. Hang them like garland from the railings along your staircase or front porch. Or coat them in wax or Mod Podge® to protect the leaves from losing their color throughout the coming seasons.

    Read More
  • Cherry Crush

    For centuries, trees have been planted to honor an accomplishment, important milestone or rite of passage - birth, graduation, wedding, retirement, death, to name a few.

    And the specific type of tree chosen usually has some symbolic meaning relative to the event. For instance, the oak tree has always been a symbol of strength and courage - "the mighty oak," they always say. And the Bonsai tree has long symbolized harmony, peace and balance.

    When someone plants one tree to mark a triumph, it's quite significant. But in early April this year, when I was in Washington, D.C. traveling for Davey Tree, I saw such a stunning display of trees and realized when someone plants many trees in a symbolic fashion, the result can be extraordinary.

    Read More
  • Happy Arbor Day!

    Don't worry, I won't be long-winded today. Just hope you'll join me in celebrating National Arbor Day. If you're a tree buff like I am, this is truly a great holiday!

    While you're celebrating your trees today, take a few minutes and check out a website that some of my friends at Davey just launched. It's a place where you can share your tree stories and memories. I'm planning to do that myself soon, and I hope to see your story there!

     

    Read More
  • The Bird-y Bunch

    It's a rainy, gray Saturday morning in spring. Our previously planned trip to the local park is canceled - wet bottoms and mud pies just don't seem that appealing today when we were longing for shorts and sunshine.

    Yet, despite the initial disappointment, my 8-year-old daughter picks up her spirits quicker than I do. She spends at least an hour marveling at the birds out of our family room windows. They flit and flutter from tree to tree and back and forth to the two bird feeders we have hanging from hawthorn trees.

    Little wrens, chickadees and nuthatches are always present, hopping next to the slower, fatter, cooing doves. Then, in a bright red streak, the cardinal flies in, going from the trees straight to the ground, picking up the seed the other smaller birds have discarded.

    Read More

Request a consultation

What do you need services for?
Sorry, we can’t seem to find the zip code you specified. Our residential tree care offices may not service your area. If you believe this is an error, please try again. Need help? Email us at info@davey.com.
  • Email newsletter
  • Woodchips
*Please fill out all required fields.