As a company that provides a wide variety of tree services in Atlanta, we deal with different types of trees every single day. The more we are around these amazing living creatures, the more in awe of them we become. Below are some of the more interesting facts about trees that you might not know.
Trees Balance Oxygen and Carbon
A single mature tree can absorb as much as 50 pounds of carbon dioxide a year. The same tree can produce close to 6,000 pounds of oxygen a year, which is enough to keep at least two people alive. And because trees grow faster as they age, their ability for carbon sequestration and photosynthesis increase as they mature. Little wonder then that trees are sometimes referred to as the lungs of the planet.
Self-Protection and Communication
Trees release chemicals called phenolics into their leaves when they are attacked by insects. These are noxious compounds that repel insects because they find it distasteful. Additionally, once a tree is attacked, it signals nearby trees about the danger so they can protect themselves as well. Experts believe trees send out chemicals into the wind to warn other trees or resort to electrical signals sent through the network of interconnected roots.
Trees Save Us Money and Energy
Large trees can release as much as 100 gallons of water into the air in the form of water vapor through the stomata of its leaves. This has a cooling effect equivalent to 10 room-sized air conditioners running 20 hours a day. So if you have large trees on your property, you will need less fuel to cool your house in the summer, saving both energy and money.
Trees Are the Oldest Living Things on Earth
The Pando colony of quaking Aspens in Utah is believed to be the oldest living organism on the planet. Parts of its interconnected root stock that links the entire colony is more than 80,000 years old. Covering more than 103 acres and weighing more than 6,500 tons, it is also the heaviest known organism on earth.
Trees Provide Shelter and Food
Trees can support hundreds of different species of insects. A wide variety of lichens also live directly on some trees, providing food for small animals and birds. Acorns are part of the daily diet of several birds and animals including wild boars, pheasants, ducks, squirrels, badgers and deer.
If you’re looking for reliable and efficient tree services in Marietta, Alpharetta and Roswell or need assistance with stump and tree removal in Atlanta, call us. Our tree specialists will gladly give you a free estimate within 24 hours of receiving your request. Here at Yellow Ribbon, you can expect a wide array of professional tree services, including tree trimming in Atlanta as well as disaster and storm recovery.