POV: Trees add much to our lives

The writer is a master gardener from Delmar.


I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest against the sweet earthʼs flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day and lifts her leafy arms to pray: A tree that may in summer wear a nest of robins in her hair,

Upon whose bosom snow has lain; Who intimately lies with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me. But only God can make a tree.

  • by Joyce Kilmer

The good news is that gardeners or anyone can plant a tree; just check with your local Cornell Extension. As citizens across the nation, we can and should suggest and encourage tree initiatives amongst towns, cities, villages and clubs. Ecologically, the time is now. Historically, trees have been planted but because of real estate development old trees are in jeopardy. Planting and maintaining trees are two activities that deserve attention.

When one considers the value of trees commercially, it is known that the worth of private property goes up. The appearance of trees in cities and towns attracts people to shop an stroll. Businesses thrive and people strive to travel to well appointed trees in urban environments. It is all about money, budgets and successful societies.

Beyond the commercial issues, trees have simple physical benefits. Temperature influences such as heat and wind reductions. Placing a tree on the west side of a home can make for a decreased heating or air conditioning bill. Old trees offer shade and protection from ultra violet rays during the summer thus yielding healthy skin for the future. Trees offer shelter from the pratfalls of prostration from heat exhaustion. It would behoove urban planners to provide benches under trees for the seniors that might delight in a day at the park instead of McDonald’s. The young love to climb a tree and swing from its limbs.

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