Did you know that there are 420 trees for every inhabitant of the planet? That is the good news, the bad news is that each person loses a reasonable percentage of these trees a year. It’s pretty hard to imagine how much that means, right? So, let’s try to demonstrate the benefits of trees to humans and the planet at large.
Flood and erosion control
An adult tree can absorb up to 250 liters of water per day from the soil. Imagine how they could help to avoid so many floods, which kill and leave many people without homes! Along with all this absorbed water, many nutrients from organic matter (such as animal feces) are absorbed by the roots and transformed through photosynthesis into food for the entire plant. In turn, leaves, fruits, wood and roots will serve as food for several living beings. The animals, in turn, will defecate what they ate, and the leaves and fruits that did not serve as food fall to the ground. Leaves, fruits and droppings back to the ground, and the whole cycle begins again.
The layer of leaves that form under the trees, serve as a cradle for seeds, and to protect the soil from dripping rain. Every drop of rain that falls directly on the ground causes erosion. Soil erosion can be harmful in several cases:
In rivers: Erosion takes soil and sand to the bottom (bottom) of the river, making the river shallower, with less capacity to store water, causing water shortages in low rain months, in addition to the death of fish.
For Soil: Erosion takes away seeds that could germinate and replenish natural vegetation. That is, unprotected soil tends to remain unprotected.
For animals: Erosion can take away nests of animals that make them on the ground, and cover those of several other animals, killing offspring. Furthermore, without vegetation and fruit to feed them, they go away or starve to death.
For groundwater: Soil without vegetation, as it has no roots and earthworms to make it soft, does not have a good water absorption. Furthermore, as there are no barriers to water, it will leave quickly, leaving no time for rainwater to penetrate the soil. With that, the water tables dry up, thus ending up with many rivers and consequently with our drinking water.
The canopy of trees also protects the soil from direct rain, not to mention that its roots firmly hold the soil. The roots of trees that are on the banks of rivers, sometimes appear inside the river, looking like eyelashes. These roots, in addition to preventing erosion, serve as a home for many animals. Because of these cilia, the forest near the rivers is known by the name of Mata Ciliar.
Thankfully there are many people and companies around that help maintain tree heath in there areas like tree removal Lansing which provide loads of services including pruning, trimming, tree removal etc. Now some people wonder why is tree removal important, surely we want more trees, not to remove them. And yes, ideally we want to keep our trees, however sometime it’s better to get rid of them. For example, sometimes tree’s dies, and it could be coursed by many reasons including the tree becoming ill. If the tree is not removed by a professional, the other tree’s in the area could become infected and also die. And it’s safer to have the tree removed by a professional as the tree could raise problems from the ground and even make people sick. If you need a tree removed in the Lansing Michigan or surrounding areas, I would recommend visiting treeservice-lansing.com for help and assistance. If you live somewhere else I would recommend using a professional rather that doing it yourself.