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Large trees are essential for healthy cities

Alison Munson, Anaïs Paré,


The Conversation

Trees provide many benefits and ecosystem services to urban environments. The quality and quantity produced by the trees depend on the size of these trees. Larger trees provide more benefits as compared to smaller ones. Studies show that large trees provide 44% more benefits than medium trees and 92% more than small trees. Planting these trees in an appropriate way is crucial such that the tree roots system has enough space to grow and aerate. The article suggests strategies to allow enhance tree growth such as less pruning, policies for tree conservation and making apt planting choices based on the characteristics of the tree and the climate of the region.

Tags: Ecosystem services, trees, benefits

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