Our landscape is dependent on trees for their beauty and shade. Trees can also provide environmental benefits such as cleaner air, wildlife attraction, and lower energy costs when they are planted close to our homes. Other benefits include beautiful flowers, tasty fruit and nuts and, in some cases, a natural playground for children.
You may want to consider adding trees to your landscaping, considering the many benefits they provide. Before you head to the tree nursery, let us discuss the best time and the correct way to plant trees.
Why you should plant a tree
It is a big decision to add a tree to your yard. Ask yourself why you are interested in a tree before you make a purchase.
Trees are great for curb appeal. But there are many other ways you can use them in your home landscape. Shade can be provided by trees to shade patios or windows that get afternoon sunlight. This can also help reduce your energy bills. A tree planted with brightly colored flowers or foliage can add color to any landscape. A tree can block a view that is not appealing and also muffles noise from busy streets.Trees have many environmental benefits.According to the U.S. Department of Energy, trees in the landscape can reduce a household’s cooling and heating energy consumption by as much as 25%.
Other environmental benefits
- Trees purify the air by absorbing pollutants, carbon dioxide and producing oxygen.
- For wildlife, trees provide shelter and food.
- By slowing the evaporation of water from plants that are shaded, trees can help to save water.
Trees have a tremendous aesthetic value.Trees offer color, texture, height, and texture. Their attractive foliage and branch architecture help soften edges of buildings and provide screen and frame for beautiful views. According to the Arbor Day Foundation, trees can not only enhance the beauty of the landscape but also increase property values by up to 20%.
How to choose the right tree
After you have decided why you want to plant a tree, you can now choose the type that will best suit your needs. What benefits are you looking for in a tree?
- Energy saving.
- Shade. Select a tree that has a wide canopy (one that is not narrow and not columnar in growth) to maximize shade production. Choose an evergreen tree that will not lose its leaves in winter if you need shade all year.
- Color. Choose a tree that has colorful leaves all year, such a purple-leaf plumb or one that flowers in bright colors. You can also choose a tree with vibrant leaves that displays a bright fall display.
- Fruit. Fruit trees do double duty by adding beauty with their attractive foliage and pretty spring flowers, and providing delicious fruit.
- Tidiness. Some trees can be more messy than others. You should choose a tree that will not produce seedpods, flowers or both if you are planting it near a pool. Plant an evergreen tree next to a pool, water feature or other place you wish to keep clean.