Most of us pass by trees and don't even acknowledge that they are there. But if suddenly all the trees were gone, you would definitely notice. That is because trees are beneficial in many ways. Trees:
Benefits of Trees
- Reduce air pollution
- Fight the atmospheric greenhouse effect
- Conserve water and reduce soil erosion
- Save energy
- Modify local climate
- Increase economic stability
- Reduce noise pollution
- Create wildlife and plant diversity
- Increase property values
- Look great!
How can planting a tree on my property help?
If you think of the many kinds of trees there are, you can also imagine the many uses for trees on your property.
Shade trees planted on the south or southwest side of your home can reduce air conditioning cost up to 5-10%. Shade trees can also cool heat-load areas like driveways, patios and sidewalks. In the winter, those same deciduous trees will drop their leaves to let warm sunlight heat up your home.
Evergreen trees planted on the north and east sides serve as a wind block and can reduce heating costs in the winter as well.
Evergreens can also be planted to act as a privacy screen.
Any tree planted in your yard serves to provide habitat for wildlife. Birds and animals find shelter and food among the trees.
Fruit trees provide autumn harvests and spring flower displays. Spring flowering trees used in the front yard can accentuate the landscape and improve the curb appeal of a neighborhood. Planting trees on your property can actually increase real estate values by 5-15%.
Things to consider when selecting a tree:
- What purpose will this tree serve?
- Is the species appropriate for your area?
- How big will it get?
- What is the average life expectancy of the tree?
- Does it have any particular ornamental value such as leaf color or flowers and fruits?
- Does it have any particular insect, disease or other problem that may reduce it's usefulness?
- Is the tree evergreen or deciduous?
Things to consider when placing a tree:
- Soil Type
- Late summer or early fall is the optimum time to plant (Can also plant late winter or early spring)
- Dig hole twice as wide, and slightly shallower than, the root ball
- Place the root ball in the hole so that the top of the root ball is ½ to 1 inch above the surrounding soil
- Mulch around the base of the tree (Three feet in diameter)
- Staking a young tree may be beneficial