The benefits of trees
Trees are not only beautiful, they are important too!
- Trees keep the earth cool
- Trees improve the air quality
- Trees prevent soil erosion
- Trees produce food
- Trees help to block noise from surrounding roads and developed areas
- Trees provide homes for wildlife
- Trees save money
- Trees heal
- Trees produce oxygen
Plant your tree in the right location
Ask yourself these questions when you're deciding what tree to plant, and where you want to put it.
- Do you want to be raking leaves every fall, to have flowers blooming in the spring, or to be enjoying evergreen foliage throughout the year?
- How will the tree you've picked look 50 years from now? Consider its mature height, width and overall shape before making your final choice. Research before you buy.
- Is the spot for your tree of choice close to buildings, driveways, or other trees? If so, it may impact these at it grows, or it may be negatively impacted itself.
- Call before you dig! Are there any utilities (gas, water, sewer, electric) below ground that need to be identified? Don't be so sure you know the answer - it is best to use the toll free BC-1-Call at 1-800-474-6886 or *6886 on your cell to find out.
- Learn more on planting a tree in your backyard from the International Society of Arboriculture (Website. New window).
Save money by planting a tree in your backyard
- Trees provide shade for your house in the hot summer months, and insulation from the cold and wind during the winter. Plant a tree in the right spot to reduce your energy bill by up to 30%.
- Trees can increase your property value by 5 to 10%, depending on the condition, location and size of the trees. The value even increases each year.
- One tree can recycle more than $37,000 worth of water, provide $31,000 worth of erosion control, $62,000 worth of air pollution control, and produce $37,000 worth of oxygen in 50 years!
- One tree can provide the cooling effect of 10 air conditioners operating 20 hours a day.
Know the Tree Protection Bylaw
Did you know the City of Surrey has a Tree Protection Bylaw? Review a summary (PDF. new window) of the Surrey Tree Protection Bylaw or download the actual Surrey Tree Protection ByLaw, 2006 No. 16100 (PDF. new window).