Most everyone agrees trees are beautiful and compliment the landscape. However, you may not understand how truly special they really are. On this Earth Day or Arbor Day, consider planting a tree for these reasons.
Trees Are Good For Your Health
Trees help us unwind, reduce stress and anxiety, and cool our bodies. Some studies show that people heal quicker when their view includes trees.
Trees suck up carbon dioxide, ozone, and sulfur dioxide and emit healthy, clean oxygen, especially beneficial in urban areas.
Trees Improve Your Environment
Trees reduce sunlight so it cannot reach buildings and hard surfaces to create heat in populated areas.
Trees can block out unwanted noise, reduce erosion, and provide the ideal home for many species of wildlife. They can also protect your home from the blistering sun and powerful winter winds to reduce your heating and cooling bills.
Well-chosen trees create an attractive landscape and can increase the value of your home substantially.
Trees Add Character
Each tree species has its own character, so choose one that suits you and your home. Some are soft and billowy, while others are stately and strong. These are just a few of the many varieties you might want to consider planting on Earth Day.
If you want to add a splash of color to your yard, you can’t go wrong with a dogwood. You can buy a dogwood for almost any planting zone and it offers a profusion of white, pink, or red blossoms in the spring.
Even when this tree finishes its spectacular display, it lush, compact foliage looks great. It’s a deciduous tree so it does drop it leaves, but not before they turn bright red. It grows to heights of between 15 and 25 feet and it’s ideal for those who want to put a distinctive mark on their property.
Looking for a big tree that really puts on a show in the fall? Sugar maples can grow as tall as 75 feet it offers plenty of shade and brilliant oranges and reds in the fall. If you’re really ambitious, you can also tap a mature sugar maple and learn how to make maple syrup. The sugar maple is the ideal choice for anyone who wants to make a bold statement.
The weeping cherry tree offers lacy foliage and a plethora of white or pink blossoms in the spring. When it’s not showing off, its branches maintain their grace and offers deep green serrated leaves. In the fall, black ornamental berries decorate the tree.
This tree’s a real show stopper and grows almost as wide as tall, reaching about 25 feet at maturity. It’s soft and romantic and ideal for anyone who wants to create a garden oasis.
The red oak prefers to stand alone as it can grow up to 75 feet tall. It grows quickly, it’s very hardy, and turns bright red in the fall. You can’t beat this stately oak if you have a large property in need of shape and a spectacular focal point. It’s the ideal tree for someone who likes things that last and appreciates quality. It can have a lifespan of up to 150 years and as it ages the bark’s ridges deepen which can only add to its already impressive appearance.
‘Green Giant’ Arborvitae
Don’t like raking leaves in the fall? Consider a Green Giant. This fast-growing evergreen has a natural pyramidal form so it is perfect for creating a natural barrier in your yard.
If you’re a person who treasures their privacy, consider a Green Giant hedge or screen. It can screen out neighbors or traffic noise, it is very hardy, grows in almost any soil, and shoots up almost 3 feet per year. They can grow as high as 60 feet if you really love solitude.
Most people think of Christmas when they think of holly, but it is an excellent choice in a yard that needs pizzazz, but without the fuss. It has small white blooms in the spring and bright red berries fall through winter. These berries attract birds and other creatures. However, the thorns deter deer, grow in clay soil, and they’ll survive in the smoggiest urban environment. It also resists mildew, disease, and insects.
An American Holly is a great choice if you’re a carefree person. It only requires slight pruning in the first years and then just let it grow. It can reach around 15 feet and it works for a hedge too.
Crab apples are easy to grow and beautiful. They have strong upright branches suitable for small spaces and showy white flowers in spring. Today’s disease-resistant varieties offer bright orange and red foliage in the fall as well as small yellow edible fruit.
If you’re the practical type, this tree is for you. It offers beauty and sustenance in a small, attractive package.
Choose a tree that suits your personality and adds impact to your property. A mature tree can absorb 48 pounds of carbon dioxide annually, so it is true that planting just one tree can help save the earth.