We all know that trees help clean the air and act as natural coolers in the summer and reduce the heat island effect in urban areas. They even reduce our carbon footprint, which exists no how many practices we employ to conserve resources. And flowering trees and large stately oaks and hickories have great beauty.
However, in the summer thunderstorm season, we may begin to feel a little nervous about that shade tree that’s lowering ambient temps 5 degrees. Out on the lawn, not so much a problem. But where it’s doing its most important work, cooling the house, property and even lives can be at risk during a thunderstorm microburst. In fact, just walking or driving around can be a risk.
Such is life for those fortunate enough to live in an urban forest. We reap enormous benefits from an abundance of trees. But not without risks. We can consult with “tree services” about safety at our house, but remember, they only make their money by cutting trees. Many a panicky home owner has denuded their entire property and ended up impoverishing our environment and with higher cooling bills, added discomfort, and a neighborhood eyesore.
A qualified arborist who does not cut trees is the safest and most reliable resource for managing trees. The arborist is likely to be as interested in the beauty and environmental and economic benefits of trees as you are, and also experienced in any safety measures that may be required. Due diligence on our part can also help, making sure that our trees get the water and nutrients they need to stay strong during our increasing droughts. Trees Atlanta is one good resource for information at treesatlanta.org.
Nature gives us a magnificent resource for cooling, air and water cleansing, wildlife conservation, and beauty. Along with a bit of risk. Our part requires careful stewardship and encouragement of this invaluable resource.