October 14

Top 5 Scary Tree Facts

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October is the time of the year when we like to be just a little scared. However, our tendency is to be scared by things like ghosts or goblins, the things that aren’t actually there. Instead, take a few moments this month to be a little bit fearful of these tree facts:

In 100 years, there could be no more rain forests.

Every year, we lose enough trees in our rain forests to fill Panama. This means that in about 100 years, we won’t have any rainforests left. The implications associated with the loss of the rain forests include a serious threat to ecologies all around the world.

Deforestation is speeding up global warming.

Global warming has been a bit of a buzz word lately, but by this point we all have to admit that it is happening. Trees help global warming because they absorb greenhouse gasses. Forests and large numbers of trees work to stabilize our climate, even though the air is polluted.

One way to turn this scary fact around? Plant trees in your yard! Each tree helps just a little bit, and can help to make the air around you immediately cleaner.

Over 100 people are killed by trees every year in the United States

Far too few people in the US know the signs of tree damage and when a tree needs to be removed. Falling trees, falling limbs and even diseases and pests on the trees can carry implications for humans. Make sure to inspect your trees and have any removed that look like they are dead or a danger to public health.

Tree trimming is one of the most dangerous professions in the world.

There are shows dedicated to some of the most dangerous professions a person can have, but very few people talk about the dangers of pruning trees. Falls, cuts, and other on-the-job injuries lead to an average of 80 deaths per year – for professionals!

Don’t take your life into your hands to prune your trees, leave it up to the professionals!

Emerald Ash Borers have eliminated entire crops of trees in the US.

Everyone around Indianapolis knows the impact of the Emerald Ash Borer – but did you know that the pest eliminated over $20 million in tree crops in Ohio? It completely devastated the entire Ash tree population in Ohio, according to the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association.

Make sure your trees are a treat this season – and don’t get tricked by competitors! If you have any problems that scare you, contact Menchhofer today!

Photo Courtesy of Pat Pilon on Flickr!

Menchhofer Tree Care

About Steve Menchhofer

Steve Menchhofer has been caring for the trees of the Indianapolis, Indiana metro area for over 40 years. Steve and his team of experienced, certified arborists are members of the International Society of Arboriculture and the Indiana Arborist Association.

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