Planting trees , especially in urban areas, is a great way to intercept rainfall before it runs off into the local stream. The trunks, leaves, and branches of a tree act like sponges which soak up the water and release it back into the atmosphere, rather than letting the water fall directly onto the pavement and into a stream. This prevents many of the detrimental effects of urban runoff such as stream bank scouring, water quality pollution, and habitat degradation. Some additional benefits of planting trees include:
- Planting trees is relatively inexpensive and easy to do yourself
- Trees can increase property values and absorb sound
- Trees can lead to significant energy savings by protecting buildings from the heat during the summer
- Trees produce oxygen and clean polluted air
- Trees protect against water pollution, flooding, and erosion
- Trees provide shade, habitat, and food for wildlife
For further information on tree planting, please refer to the factsheet available here. For guidelines on how to plant trees on your property, click here.