Trees are the bones of our landscape. They provide structure, color, and volume. They also provide habitat and food for hundreds of species such as birds, butterflies, and squirrels. Trees also provide monetary value. Ask your local Real Estate Agent about “curb appeal.” If you are selling your home and competing with other homes for sale in your neighborhood, a home with beautiful lawns, gardens, and landscaping will be more appealing to the eye. Another reason to grow majestic trees is because they can reduce your energy bill. If your home faces south or west and receives the hot afternoon sun, a large leafy tree will provide shade and reduce air conditioning costs! Our huge Red Maple tree keeps the front of our home cool all summer!
We noticed the leaf colors were not as vivid this Autumn in the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post Garden Editor, noticed the same. The following article takes a close look at the benefits of trees, and using this drab Autumn as a good opportunity to “upgrade” your landscape with new selections. For beginner gardeners, it’s important to have trees and shrubs in your landscape because they help maintain color and interest throughout the year!
For more information on the benefits of trees in your landscape, click here. For the ArborDay Top Fall Trees list, click here. Check with your local Home Depot, Lowe’s or online Burpee Gardening for their selection of trees! To learn how to plant, fertilize and prune your way to a gorgeous garden, subscribe to our YouTube channel!