How many of us remember growing up, lying under a shade
tree with our back against the trunk, chewing on a piece of grass, reading a
book or just sleeping?
In addition to great memories, trees bring beauty to all
landscapes, and the right tree provides shade to your home, creating a cooling
insulation from hot summer days. Evergreen or deciduous, many shade trees also
have spectacular flower color, while others are better known for their foliage
color or texture interest.
Most tree planting may be done in the springtime or the fall, but fall is usually the best season to plant trees. Fall’s cooler temperatures and adequate rainfall ease the tree’s transition into its new home and decreases transplant shock and stress.
When planting your tree, consider how it might provide the
maximum shade effect upon your home. A shade tree planted on the east side of
your home will block the heat from the morning sun. Planting on the west and/or
southwest side of your home shields the hot afternoon sun. And finally, a tree
planted on the south side of your home can provide year-round sunblock
protection. All three examples will help to keep your home cooler in the
If you select a deciduous tree, you will benefit in the
winter from the opposite of the sun-shielding effect. Minus the foliage, the sun's
rays can shine through the empty branches and help you warm the inside of your
home. You certainly can't argue with that!
Along with the energy benefits, shade trees provide beauty
to your landscape year-round. They offer habitats to birds, squirrels and other
backyard urban creatures. Trees increase the value of our homes and the beauty
of our neighborhoods. They also give back oxygen to our environment. If you choose a deciduous tree, pick one with majestic winter form.
When you plant your shade tree, do not plant it too close
to your home, patio or walls. Remember, some trees grow to heights of 30-50 feet and taller, which means they will also have a
good canopy spread and substantial, wide root systems.
When planting trees this fall, remember to dig a wide, shallow hole, taking care that the crown of the tree is level with the ground or slightly elevated. Add three to four inches of mulch or compost to retain moisture and reduce the stress of transplantation.
So come on in for more information about planting trees this fall, and our staff of
nursery experts will help you pick out the perfect shade tree(s) for your home.
Then get ready to plop yourself under your new tree, cross your legs, pull your
hat down over your eyes and ZZZZZZZ.