Planting trees is important for the health and wellbeing of our local communities. Those who live in an urban or suburban environment greatly benefit from living in neighborhoods that integrate nature into their landscape. Not only do trees reduce air pollution and provide clean oxygen, but they help to make a city beautiful and attractive. However, the planning process needs to be taken seriously when attempting any large-scale tree planting projects. Whether you’re trying to reforest a small section of property, or are simply wanting to add a few trees to your backyard, it’s important to take the importance of tree diversity into consideration. At 404-CUT-TREE, we provide residential and commercial tree service & care in Atlanta, Tucker, Milton, Brookhaven, Johns Creek, Chamblee, Alpharetta, Norcross, Sandy Springs, Doraville, Dunwoody, Buckhead, Duluth, Georgia and other nearby cities. We encourage the development of healthy tree growth in our local area, and want to help you find the right solutions to your landscaping issues. Here are a few reasons why it’s important to prioritize the biodiversity of plants and trees when landscaping.
Planting too many of the same variety of trees in the same community invites and encourages the proliferation of pests. When there are many kinds of trees, a few troublesome insects may find their way to a host, but won’t procreate and spread as quickly. The current Emerald Ash Borer is a perfect example of how a lack of tree diversity can create a nationwide pest epidemic. The overplanting of Ash trees has promoted the rapid growth of the Ash Borer population, and are now responsible for the death of more than 8 billion Ash trees in North America.
Plant Disease Prevention
A lack of tree diversity can also create conditions that boost risk of plant diseases. In the early 1900’s Elm trees were a staple of suburban American communities. They provided beautifully arched canopies above the streets and homes, giving shade and charm to neighborhoods. However, so many of them were planted without regard to the importance of plant diversity, and Dutch Elm Disease swept through the land, destroying more than 77 million trees. Planting a variety of trees will help stem the rapid advancement of diseases, and make it easier for cities, businesses and individual home owners to maintain the beauty and integrity of their landscape.
Remaining in Balance with Natural Local Ecosystem
Certain tree varieties can wipe out the natural growth of plants and wildlife in the local ecosystem. Invasive species like Mimosa or Bamboo can quickly sweep through nearby properties, reducing the opportunity for native plants to successfully take root. Not only can this reduce the diversity of plants and trees in your community, but it could disrupt the balance of wildlife as well. Animal species depend on native plants to survive, and losing them could create conditions that cause a species to become endangered or overpopulated. Consider consulting with a local certified arborist so that you can choose trees, shrubs and plants that will nurture a balanced ecosystem. A professional arborist will be well acquainted with which varieties are prone to certain pests, or diseases and which ones have invasive tendencies.
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Is it time for you to plan your next landscaping project? Maximize the plant diversity on your property to encourage balanced and sustainable long term health of your trees and your local environment. At 404-CUT-TREE, we provide a wide range of tree care services including testing for diseases and pests, soil amendments, tree risk assessments, and more. Contact our office today for more information or to schedule your next appointment.