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10+ Reasons Why Trees Pay for Themselves

Why bother planting trees? Because they improve living conditions and ultimately pay for themselves.

A large shade tree in your front yard could save you $30 in air conditioning bills each year. The same tree also increases your home's market value by about ten+ percent.

A large tree absorbs about 10 pounds of air pollution annually. It absorbs 330 pounds of carbon dioxide, converting it to wood and replacing it with oxygen in the air. In a heavy rain, a big shade tree intercepts nearly 800 gallons of water. This slows runoff, reduces flooding, promotes recharge of groundwater and prevents erosion.

© Missouri Conservationist April 2001 - News and Almanac


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