There are many benefits to having trees in your garden. Trees provide shade and shelter, add beauty and interest to your yard, create a habitat for birds and other wildlife, help to reduce air pollution, and they produce fruit, nuts, and other vegetables.
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8 Advantages of Having Trees in Your Garden
Some home gardeners are afraid of planting trees in their garden because they think they will grow out of control. But trees can be good for your garden.
You should plant smaller trees that are native to your area and keep them pruned, and they can add a lot of beauty and benefits.
Improve Air Quality
Trees help reduce air pollution, absorb carbon dioxide, and help cool places that are too hot due to trapped gases in urban areas. You can basically use small trees in your garden to change the climate and improve the air quality substantially.
Reduce Rain Runoff
Small trees in your garden will help absorb rainwater so that it keeps your garden from getting too wet and flooding. The leaves collect, stop, and slow the rain down, preventing soil erosion during bad weather cycles.
Moderate Extreme Sun
If you live in a very hot area where the sun is very strong and there isn’t very much rain or cool weather, it can be hard to grow food in your garden. Trees placed strategically can provide shade and adjust the climate in your garden naturally, think lettuce and broccoli.
Lessen Wind Impacts
Some plants are delicate and others are much stronger. Small trees can help block the wind strategically in your garden and force the wind to go around your garden if you place the trees properly.
Protect Against Bad Weather
Hail and hard rain can ruin your garden if it hits at the wrong time. But, small trees placed in the right areas can help lessen the impact of bad weather and help save your garden.
You can use the plants you put in your garden to guide the rain where you want it to go.
Brings in Pollinators
You need bees to pollinate your garden. Planting certain types of trees can help attract all kinds of pollinators, including bees.
Since beekeepers are having serious problems with colony collapse, you will be doing the earth a favor if you plant more trees that bees love.
Hide Ugly Walls
Outside of the environmental issues, if you have fencing, walls, and other areas of your garden that aren’t attractive, planting a tree strategically will help a lot. In addition to hiding problems, they are helpful for the environment.
They Look Nice
Trees look pretty in a garden; it gives the eye something to look at no matter the season. Your garden can look attractive all year long no matter what the weather.
You can keep trees a lot more pruned and smaller than you think if you pick the right ones for your area.
Using small trees in your garden will improve air quality, protect against bad weather, and even help change the climate in the garden for better growth – such as in super-sunny and hot areas that don’t have any type of shade.
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Ashley is a stay-at-home homeschooling mom, turned homesteader, living in Canada. I have been homeschooling for years and love it. Now my children and I get to learn about and help others homeschool and be able to provide for their families and teach our children about where their food comes from.