Trees, trees are oh so lovely and they are everywhere but we have to be careful to take care of our friends as so many are being cut down everyday. When a tree is cut down we not only lose a tree but a whole community.
Trees grow and attract other plants to them and those plants in turn attract different species of insects which believe it or not are good for the environment.
Trees have so much value but sadly too many of us do not understand how important trees are to us. There are actually hundreds of reasons why we need to care for our trees but I will pick out just a few.
The number one reason is that trees help us to breathe clean air, we breathe in what the trees breathe out and the trees breathe in what we breathe out. But that is just the beginning, we love climbing trees , we eat our lunch under trees , we pick fruits from such trees as Mango , Sapodilla , Guinep, Tangerines, Juju, just to name a few . These fruit listed not only taste good but are very good for you.
Let us just take a look at the benefits of Sapodilla, we normally call them Dillies. Well Dillies are loaded with vitamins and minerals. When you eat a Dilly, you instantly replenish your energy and revitalize your body.
The shade from trees helps keep our homes cooler, thereby using less energy and when we use less energy, we pay less to the electric company.
Unfortunately so many people are afraid of big trees; they fear that the tree will topple onto their roof in a storm or Hurricane; we need not fear tall trees if we properly maintain them by selectively pruning them once per year.
The Bahamas need more young people to educate themselves on the importance of trees, it is important that we pay attention in Biology class because there are so many fun things to learn. Things such as the leaves are the tree’s food supply and when the leaves fall to the ground they are beneficial to the trees in that they keep the roots cool in summer and warm in the winter.
The leaves also help the tree retain moisture that is so beneficial to the tree.
The roots of a tree are very important also. The roots filter the ground’s water and they help the soil to stay together.
One mature tree can collect over 750 gallons of rainwater a year. That’s a lot of water! Up to 60% of the human body is made up of water so we need water in order to live and trees collect water and also help attract rain.
Unfortunately in Nassau, we have cut down so many of our trees and now we have a water barge that brings our water from Andros.