Trees can reduce the surrounding air temperature by approximately 5˚C.
Shaded areas from trees can be as much as 14˚C cooler than nearby air.
Using plants to shade your driveway and other paved areas can reduce their surface temperature.
Don’t have a backyard? Vines, grasses and small shrubs grown in window boxes or on a balcony can achieve similar cooling effects.
Proper landscape design can reduce air conditioning bills by up to 30%, and result in savings to heating costs from 10-50%.
A deciduous tree planted on the south and west side of your house will provide shade in the summer, and allow sun to shine through in the winter.
A 6-8 foot tree will shade your windows within the first year. After 5 years, it will start to shade your roof.
Shading your air conditioner with trees or shrubs means it won’t have to work as hard, and will use less energy – but be careful not to obstruct airflow to the unit.
Shrubs, vines and trees planted near your home act as an insulator to keep warmth inside during the winter.
Evergreen trees are natural windbreaks, and absorb sound.
Two mature trees can produce enough oxygen for a family of four
Plants inside your home act as atmospheric filters and improve air quality.
A mature tree can absorb 54-110kg of pollution each year.
Green Spaces are Important
Green spaces consist of lawns and gardens at our homes, parks and sports fields, golf courses, botanical gardens and can be both managed and unmanaged. There are many advantages to having and creating green spaces.
Green spaces benefit our environment. They filter pollutants and dust from the air, provide shade and lower temperatures in urban areas, and reduce erosion of soils and contamination of our waterways. They increase oxygen, act as carbon sinks, decrease pollution, improve indoor air quality, and attract wildlife and other natural attractions.
Imagine your local park completely devoid of green -- not a pretty picture! We tend to take for granted the role that green spaces play in our lives. Research has shown that green spaces foster improved mental and physical health and well-being, promote quicker recovery for hospital patients and those in long-term facilities and can promote decreased aggression and violence.
Green spaces benefit our economy. They conserve energy by providing shade, windbreaks and cooling effects. Landscaping has been shown to increase property values for homeowners and to be a wise investment for all levels of government. The results are soil stabilization and reduced run-off from open spaces, reduced maintenance for open spaces, increased public safety and greater appeal to tourists.
Greenest Industry in Canada
The greenest of the green industries in Canada is getting ready for a very busy season. Landscape contractors, designers, maintenance firms, lawn care operators, irrigation contractors, retail garden centres, and nurseries across Canada are gearing up for what is anticipated to be on the busiest seasons in years.
Garden Days is Canada’s coast to coast to coast, three-day celebration of our National Garden Day which is held annually on the Friday before Father’s Day.
National Tree Day
"By passing this motion, the House of Commons will ask Canadians to spend just one day reflecting on the link between their lives and that of the tree," said Royal Galipeau, M.P. Ottawa-Orléans who presented the motion. "Canadians will dedicate trees, plant trees, learn about trees and appreciate the historical impact the tree has had on Canada's economic success as a nation."
Promote the Benefits of the Green Industry
CNLA's Public Relations Committee has created a series of colourful posters to help members promote the environmental benefits of landscaping and landscape products. Poster free to download.
Report: Benefits of Green Spaces
A report by the George Morris Centre on the benefits of ornamental horticulture. Available in both English and French, it is a comprehensive review of scientific publications and studies on how urban green spaces provide environmental, economic and lifestyle benefits.
Adding mulch and compost to your garden will save water, prevent erosion, minimize weed growth, reduce runoff, and provide nutrients to the soil.
Having a well-planned irrigation system with a rain sensor installed and properly maintained can save money and reduce water waste.
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