There are many benefits of having trees in your garden, including natural beauty and protection from wind damage. Here’s how trees can benefit your garden:
Trees are a protection
Forming a natural barrier against wind, reducing damage to houses and plants caused by high wind, the tall, broad trunks and canopies of trees can break up strong winds and protect the area beneath it from being damaged or disturbed by gusts of air.
In addition, trees also help reduce soil erosion by absorbing rainwater rather than letting it runoff into streams. Trees remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as they grow—a process called photosynthesis—allowing them to act as natural air filters that cleanse our environment so we can breathe easier!
Trees are an investment
When you plant a tree, you’re thinking about your garden’s quality far into the future. The more time you spend thinking about how to best care for your trees now, the more likely they’ll be around to provide shade and beauty when you need them most.
You might also consider adding fruit-bearing trees to your garden so that it can become both an aesthetic and practical addition to your home. You may want to grow strawberries (for the delicious fruit), apples or pears (to cook with) or cherries (for fresh eating). And if you don’t want any of these fruits but still want to use their leaves in cooking, consider planting rosemary or bay laurel as well!
Trees also work well with other plants: they provide extra moisture through evapotranspiration, which helps keep other plants alive longer during the summer season. Some trees even provide food for birds who then feast on bugs attracted by the nectar.
Trees improve air quality
A tree takes carbon dioxide out of the air and creates oxygen as a byproduct of photosynthesis.
Photosynthesis is what makes this happen, and it’s one of the main ways that trees contribute to the health of our planet. During photosynthesis, plants use water, sunlight and carbon dioxide to make their own food. The process also creates oxygen as a byproduct.
Trees release oxygen into the atmosphere in two ways, through their leaves when they breathe and through their roots as they decompose (which happens after they die). Other gases are also released that help maintain our atmosphere, this includes nitrogen gas (which is important for healthy plant growth) and water vapour.
Trees for firewood
Some trees are specially grown for firewood that may be used in your fireplace or wood stove during cold winters, particularly needed right now as we tree to keep our heating bills down!
Popular firewood trees include:
- Maple (Acer species)
- Oak (Quercus species)
- Birch (Betula species)
- Ash (Fraxinus species)
You can identify which trees are good for firewood by looking at their leaves and branches. If they have straight trunks, you know that the tree is mature enough to harvest. This means it has been growing for several years, which also means there will be lots of wood to choose from when taking your measurements.
Trees are great for your health, the environment and more.
Trees are not only a great way to add value to your home, but they also provide many other benefits. Trees can equally protect your garden from heat, cold and noise pollution. They reduce erosion by slowing down water runoff during heavy rainstorms. The roots of trees help catch rainwater before it reaches the sewage system, which in turn reduces flooding. Trees also improve air quality by filtering out harmful particles from the atmosphere such as dust, pollen and smog.
Additionally, trees provide habitat for wildlife such as birds, squirrels and insects that might otherwise be displaced by urban or human development projects such as motorways or built up areas, these animals are important parts of ecosystems that would otherwise be disrupted without them.
With so many benefits, it’s worth thinking about how you can add more trees to your garden. If you don’t have the room for larger trees here are five smaller tree options that won’t overpower your outdoor space.