Any landscape professional will tell you that trees can add a lot of interest to your property. They surely can, but there are also other benefits, like shade – and barriers from wind or noise. In fact, trees provide a lot more for us than we ever consider. The uses for and benefits of trees are many, whether you are looking for fun or function! Read below to learn more about this popular backyard staple.
A young healthy tree can provide a net cooling effect similar to ten room-sized air conditioners operating for 20 hours a day! (According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture). Not only may this save you money, but in particular, trees save energy. Especially if the tree will cast a shadow on your home as it grows. Not to mention that later in the year, trees near the home can also provide a barrier from cold weather temperatures. They can prevent snowdrifts piling up against your home as well.
Trees also benefit your entire yard. They do this by saving water and soil, and cleaning the air. Surprisingly, this all starts with water evaporation from your own yard. The roots of a tree act like a sponge and not only drink the water, but hold the soil in place. The water is then evaporated back into the atmosphere surrounding the area, and you guessed it — increases the moisture. Simultaneously, odors and other gases from your lawn or neighbor’s lawn are absorbed and filtered by the leaves and bark. It really is better under the shade of a tree! Your air there is actually fresher!
Types of Trees
So, now that you are sold on the benefits of trees in your yard, let’s dive in to learn about some types of trees that you can utilize in your space.
New to landscaping or taking care of a lawn? No problem, because there are still trees for you! Three of the easiest trees to care for in the Northeast are listed below so you won’t be able to go wrong.
Red Oak Tree
This is not the only type of oak tree planted in the Northeast, but it is known mostly for its’ pretty leaves, which have a reddish tint come fall. These trees can grow up to 90 feet, providing plenty of shade, and are fairly tolerant of harsh conditions and soil.
This tree’s bark is commonly confused with wild cherry bark. The trunk of this tree does not grow very wide, but the height can grow up to 70 feet. It is recommended to place this tree in a low point in your lawn to ensure that it collects enough water. This tree adds another special something to your lawn environment, as a scent of wintergreen oil ascends from the twigs. If you are feeling ambitious enough, you could try to make birch beer or tea!
A great ornamental and shade tree is the sugar maple. In fall, this tree will have pops of brilliant color, and in the summer it will provide shelter and relief as its’ crown can grow dense and wide. This tree is extremely tolerant and does not require much water, making care very easy for you in your yard.
Really, we could go on and on about trees. However, this article is simply to spark your interest. Where can you go wrong with healthy air and clean water? Not to mention some color for your enjoyment in the fall, and please don’t hesitate to contact your professional landscaping and gardening experts at our center. Not only can we recommend the perfect tree for your needs, but the hassle of the planting can be taken care of for you as well. For your next planting project, try a tree!