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We can’t live without trees. We don’t consider that fact when we just think about trees in terms of shade and beauty. Trees give off oxygen that we need to breathe, plus they filter the air to make it cleaner for us to breathe.
It’s important to plant trees so we will have plenty of fresh oxygen to breathe and for the multitude of benefits they provide.
Benefits Of Trees
- Trees improve air quality by filtering dust and pollutants.
- They reduce storm water runoff which reduces soil erosion. The reduction in storm water runoff also reduces the amount of pollution that reaches waterways and the effects of flooding.
- Trees reduce heat in any environment and are especially needed in urban environments. Areas with large impervious surfaces, such as parking lots of stores and industrial complexes, are kept cooler with the shade provided by trees.
- Trees reduce heat and noise in suburban environments. The cost of cooling a home that shade trees nearby is reduced because the exterior of the home is kept cooler. The tree leaves also help to filter out noise from passing traffic and close neighbors.
- Streets that have trees planted along them have a calming effect on motorists who tend to drive slower on a tree-lined street.
- Trees create a privacy screen from traffic and neighbors.
- Trees will add value to your property and compliment the architecture of a neighborhood.
- Trees provide food, shelter, and protection for a wide range of pollinators.
Types Of Trees
There are many different types of trees and one (or a dozen) will be just right for your landscape. Some trees produce flowers, fragrances, fruits, and shade. Some trees grow tall, some remain small. Some thrive in shade and some need to be exposed to the sun every day. Some will drop their leaves in the fall and some will remain green year-round.
Whatever your landscape needs and desires are, there will be a tree that will be a perfect match.
- Flowering trees will produce flowers at certain times of the year. Some of the most popular flowering trees bloom in the spring, like the olive, dogwood, Pink Profusion Crabapple, June Gold Peach, Moonglow Pear, and Bruce Plum trees.
- Most fruit trees produce small fragrant blooms that attract early season pollinators. These early arrivals will hang around your landscape to pollinate the vegetable garden and flowers.
- Check out our Top 5 Early Spring Blooming Trees
- Evergreen trees will provide green color in the landscape year-round. Long Leaf Pine, Italian Cypress, Little Gem Magnolia, and Thuja Green Giant are evergreens that will provide a living privacy screen for you and food and shelter for birds throughout the winter.
- Deciduous trees are the type of trees that drop their leaves in the fall. Most will put on a fantastic display of fall foliage colors before dropping their leaves. Deciduous trees are the favorite type for planting near your home. The summer leaves help keep the house cooler and fall leaf drop allows the sun to shine into the house to help warm it up during the winter months.
- Popular deciduous trees include Autumn Blaze Maple, Summer Red Maple, and Willow Oak. Deciduous trees that don’t grow overly tall include Black Diamond Crape Mrytle and Semi Dwarf Japanese Maple.
- Native trees are those that grow wild in your area. Native trees have adapted to the environment, soil, pests, and diseases that are common in your area. They have a natural resistance to negative environmental factors and can survive in conditions that would kill a hybrid plant.
- Ornamental trees are those planted just for their appearance. Each one will have a stand-out feature that will make a statement in your landscape.
** Whatever type of tree you decide to plant, know that you are improving your quality of life, increasing the value of your property, helping the planet, and benefiting wildlife. That’s a very good payback for a small investment of money and time.
How To Plant A Tree
Select the proper growing location for a new tree. Discover if the tree needs full sun or partial shade to thrive. Learn how large the tree will be when it reaches maturity and allow plenty of space for it to grow. Select a planting location away from driveways, sidewalks, and sewer lines. The tree roots will extend a long way out from the tree trunk and they are quite strong as they increase in size. The large roots can crack concrete and underground pipes.
Dig a planting hole twice as wide and twice as deep as the root ball of the tree. Mix compost into the removed soil and back-fill the planting hole half-way with the soil mixture. The compost will help keep the soil loose so the roots can grow easily and the compost will also provide nourishment for the new tree.
Place the root ball in the center of the planting hole and begin to back-fill the hole with more soil and compost mix. Gently tap the soil down to ensure all the roots are in contact with the soil. leaves a slight indentation around the tree at the soil level so it will act as a basin to catch and hold water.
Water the tree thoroughly and apply a 2-inch layer of organic mulch around the base of the tree. keep the soil moist, but not soggy, for the first few weeks until the tree becomes established.
Best Time To Plant A Tree
The best time to plant a tree is fall. The weather is cooler during the fall and the tree is going into its’ natural dormant stage. It will be able to focus all of its energy on establishing a new root system instead of trying to develop roots and top growth at the same time.
Spring is the second best time for planting a tree. Spring is the natural time of year for a tree to develop new growth so it will do well. However, the tree will grow slowly in the first year and probably will not produce blooms or fruit.
Avoid planting trees during the summer or winter. The stress will be too much for the tree and it probably will not survive. Learn how to overwinter your trees to protect them from the cold!
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