Why Oak Trees Are Important & Why You Should Plant One
06.11.2023 - 16:31
/ Teo Spengler
Taking our ecosystem for granted is no longer the norm, and thinking people the world over spend part of every day making choices that can help the planet. While there are no easy solutions to the damage human kind has done to nature, small decisions – like what kind of tree to plant in the garden – can make a difference in creating landscapes that enhance local ecosystems.
If your site and climate allow it, consider planting an oak tree. Many experts suggest that it is the best tree to plant to bolster the ecosystem, in addition to being tough, long-lived, and beautiful. Why are oaks important? Read on for more information.
Most are familiar with the old saying that from tiny acorns, mighty oaks will grow. But oak trees are more than large and majestic. Native American oaks have played and will continue to play an essential and central role in the survival of native ecosystems.
The oak tree genus (Quercus) goes a long way toward supporting native birds as well as the insects they use for food, and other native wildlife. Thousands of wildlife species rely on oaks for home or nurture. In addition, oaks are important in our fight against climate change.
What do oak trees accomplish that aids our struggles with climate change? Most people are aware that the emission of carbon dioxide – generally from burning fossil fuels – is one of the culprits responsible for global warming. Trees are known to capture carbon, thus lightening the load.
Why should you plant oak trees? Native oak species capture more carbon than any other genus of tree, removing this carbon from the air. They also prevent flooding and drought by holding rainwater. Backyard oak trees will hold more water than most other plants.
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