Last year, I wrote about the health benefits of gardening. Today, I’m going to suggest that you consider planting a tree or two in your garden. Indeed, the benefits of planting trees are astonishing!
Disclosure: This post is in collaboration with The Tree Center, which has been nurturing plants for three generations.
At last count, there are 60,065 varieties of tree in the world. Wowa! So, finding one that works for your garden is possible, given the assortment out there, including where you live. You can find out more about the different varieties and how to choose the right variety, by clicking the link.
Regardless of which variety you plant, you can enjoy several benefits. Below, I explain just a few of the ways planting trees in your garden can improve your life.
A Cool Spot to Relax
On a very warm day, there’s nothing better than having a shady tree to sit underneath. Thus, trees act as natural air-conditioners.
They are surprisingly effective at cooling the air. The evaporation from just one mature tree produces a cooling effect that is the equivalent to 10 room-sized air-conditioning units running for 20 hours.
Protect Your Home from the Elements
Planting trees in the right position can also help to protect your home from the worst of the weather. In the summer, trees can help keep sections of your house in shade. This will make it easier to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature, provided you choose deciduous varieties. There will be no shading effect during the colder winter months.
If you live in an area where cold winds are a problem, you can create a green protective wall to divert freezing air away from your home. You can do so by planting tall evergreen trees that are resistant to wind burn.
More Benefits of Planting Trees: They’re Calming
A study by a team from the University of Illinois and the University of Hong Kong shows that looking at trees has the effect of reducing stress levels. During the study, 160 participants were subjected to high-stress situations. Afterward, they viewed one of 10 different 360-degree videos featuring the same cityscape.
Interestingly, researchers found only one difference between each video – the density of the tree coverage. It ranged from 0 to 70% coverage. The denser the coverage, the faster participants stress level fell away. You can easily create a similar effect by planting a tree or two in a spot that is visible from inside your home.
Trees can Improve Air Quality around Your Home
Trees absorb CO2 and release oxygen. So, the air close to them is generally cleaner. But, they have to be planted in the right position. You do not want a dense canopy to trap air close to the ground.
Instead, the air you want to cleanse needs to be able to rise for the tree to get to work on cleansing it. If your main goal is to improve the quality of the air near your home, you may need to do a little extra research.
Conclusions about the Benefits of Planting Trees
Regardless of why you want to plant trees in your garden, take your time and choose the varieties wisely. You do not want to inadvertently plant one that grows so big that it needs to be cut down at a later date. Lastly, choose one that’s proportional to the size of your yard so it fits well with the landscaping.
Can you think of any other benefits of planting trees? Do you have trees in your yard?