Cloverleaf Farm is surrounded by trees. There are oak trees, who’s leaves whisper in the winds. The elms stand tall and proud. The pines and maples make up our little meditation grove. Maple is the state tree of New Hampshire. Two little maples trees are most special to us. We planted one in honor of each of our two grandchildren when they were born. When they visit, they can compare their height to their special tree. Already, our grand daughter’s tree has outgrown her despite her being the tallest girl in first grade. Our grandsons’s is just a wee little sapling, as we just planted that one year ago. Our aborvitae’s are Bob and Derek, named after our sons. It’s funny, as in real life, Derek’s tree is taller than Bob.
So why are trees so important? High up on the list is that they provide enough oxygen for two to four people per day. Their beauty and shade are also compelling reasons, but they are so beneficial in other ways as well.
Trees are a natural air conditioner cooling the air around them in summer while deciduous trees allow the warmth of the sun to shine through in the winter to help heat your home. Trees absorb noise and even help reduce pollution. Evergreens (which we have a lot of here) reduce wind speed which is very beneficial in the winter. Trees also provide homes for numerous animals as well as food. They can help settle and trap dust, pollen, and smoke from the air.
Trees remain the least expensive landscaping you can do for your yard with benefits that many argue outweigh planting anything else. Each Arbor Day, we encourage you to celebrate trees by planting one…or more… to enjoy today and into future generations.