Why does excellent tree care matter? How do trees improve our life quality as well as the value of our land? There is much to consider here when choosing to invest in the health of the trees on our personal property as well as in publicly owned spaces. Each species has a estimated life expectancy and can be gifted with a long full life if cared for properly. Trees improve air quality and keep our planet temperature down which are invaluable services to our lives here on earth as an air dependent and temp-specific species. Our quality of life improves with the presence of a developed forest-scape in our close proximity as well as globally. Living amongst mature trees relieves stress, provides peace and recreation, is pleasing to both the senses and the spirit. Not only that, many other species of life are supported by mature trees.
For over a decade I have heard about the Angel Oak outside Charleston, South Carolina, and have seen photographs brought home by friends. Although I knew it was very old and very large, I did not expect it to be AS BIG as it is! Its many sprawling branches, each as large around as mature trees, bending and dipping down to kiss the ground as is common of Live Oaks growing where they have space around them to sprawl. To me it seems likely this particular tree was favored by natives and it was given space to grow. It may have been an important landmark as a territory marker or gathering place. I imagine other people have the same thought, explaining why they are whispering to each other in it’s presence. Or they innately respect an organism that is roughly 10 times older than themselves. Personally I would like to spend more time in mature landscapes, in the presence of nature that brings a humbling to mine and other’s souls. What would our current landscapes feel like if we treasured more of our trees so they too could live out their full life spans, giving this presence and sanctuary for 10-20 human generations?