Real vs. Artificial Trees and Water Conservation
Artificial trees and water conservation efforts aren’t discussed often, but there’s a definite eco-friendly advantage to going faux in many scenarios. In our prior article, we discussed real vs. artificial trees in city areas, and how it’s often more eco-friendly to use faux trees in urban environments. Now we’re looking at the pros and cons regarding real or artificial trees and water conservation efforts.
Living trees need water, of course, but sometimes their watering requires more resources than can be spared. This is also an issue with planting trees for decorative appeal. Businesses and municipalities love to design with trees, but their high water consumption can sometimes be worse for the environment than leaving the areas empty.
That’s where TreeScapes and PlantWorks come in! We create durable, life-size (and larger than life) artificial trees. We offer replica trees, fully fabricated trees, and preserved trees. None of these require the maintenance or care that living trees do. They don’t need water, so they’re ideal for areas where water conservation is a concern. They also work perfectly in extreme climate areas that simply can’t sustain living trees.
We have trees in casinos and hotels all across Las Vegas for this exact reason. They provide much-needed shade, and make a memorable statement, but they don’t use valuable resources. They also don’t require any potentially harmful pesticides or fertilizers. You can also find our trees on cruise ships, which have to closely regulate how much fresh water is brought on board, and how it used.
There are many circumstances, of course, where it is better for water conservation to plant and grow living trees. This is because trees can store water, and their roots help to regulate water distribution in surrounding areas. Sometimes, by watering one tree, you’re effectively watering all of the surrounding plants and flowers. Supporting local tree and plant growth is an important step that we all should take towards combatting climate change.
Other real trees and plants, like different varieties of cacti, require very little water. Most states have published guides on low water trees, drought tolerant trees, and drought resistant trees. Those are generally a water-safe option for anyone looking to decorate or add some shade. The Arbor Day Foundation website is a good resource; their article “10 Drought-Tolerant Trees That Will Throw Shade” has a list of options to start.
Trees are, of course, great for providing shade. On a micro level, the cooling effects can result in less water consumption by animals and humans, which offers a small environmental benefit. But this is true of both real and artificial trees, so it’s not a huge point in favor of either one. There is a common scenario where artificial trees may use more water, though: misters. Theme parks, personal residences, and cruise lines often utilize faux trees that have built-in concealed misters. The cooling mist and artificial foliage is an ideal way to beat the summer heat, but you should be mindful of overall water consumption when using them.
TreeScapes & PlantWorks are commited to helping the environment, one tree at a time. That’s why we will donate to have at least one tree planted for every fabricated, replica, or preserved tree we sell!