Trees

The Many Gardening Advantages Of Planting Trees


Planting trees in a garden or landscape is a way to provide shade, variation, and beauty to an otherwise sparse or flat area, but there are many other advantages and benefits of planting trees.

Aside from enhancing the aesthetics of an area, trees also provide several environmental benefits. The most important of these benefits is that trees help produce the oxygen that is essential to all life on the planet. But they also help improve the quality of the air we breathe by filtering out harmful chemicals and pollutants like ozone, carbon monoxide, and carbon dioxide as well as filtering less harmful irritants like dust and pollen.

Planting trees in gardens, landscapes, and public areas can also provide many secondary benefits. A tree's foliage can reduce noise and wind speed from the surrounding area as well as provide shade to cool paved surfaces, preventing the buildup of heat during the day that is then released at night.

Trees help reduce water runoff after a storm, which in turn helps to prevent soil erosion and leads to less sediment in streams. They also provide habitats for birds and small woodland animals as well as microclimates that enable the growth of plants that require shade where there otherwise wouldn't be any.

Fruit bearing trees provide food for people and animals as well as a secondary benefit of masking unpleasant smells in an area with their fragrant blossoms.

Trees are one of the least expensive plants that can be added to a landscape about the benefits they bring. Studies have shown that in addition to enhancing the natural beauty of a garden or landscape, planting trees can increase the property value of a home by 5% to 15% and that landscaped homes sell faster than homes without trees or other landscaping features.