Find out why trees are important, and the benefits trees offer, from increasing home property values to enhancing human well-being.
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the next best time is today.” ~ Chinese proverb
And if you can't plant a tree today, try this weekend. There are many reasons to plant a tree, including health benefits, cost savings and increased property value.
Fall is generally a great time for planting most trees and not just because the weather is better for landscaping. The warm ground combined with the cooler air helps the roots get established before winter and without the stress of the summer heat.
Here are some essential reasons to plant a tree today.
Trees add curb appeal, and curb appeal sells. Even if you don’t plan on staying in your house until your tree is fully mature, shade trees and ornamental trees will make your home more attractive when it's time to sell. Many studies have found that houses on wooded lots sell for more money. Even studies done by real estate experts have found that retail areas and office buildings surrounded by trees are more desirable and command a higher rent.
Researchers in have found that full canopy shade trees can also act as a natural sunscreen, providing a similar coverage to UPF 10 sunscreen.
Trees can be doubly beneficial in your yard, adding beauty but also serving as a source of food if you plant a pear, apple, citrus or other fruit or nut-bearing tree. Aside from fruit for us humans, trees provide food for birds and wildlife.
Trees are also known to reduce crime. found there is less crime — personal and property — in apartment buildings that are surrounded by trees. They cited two reasons. One, greenery helps relax people, thus reducing aggression. And two, green spaces often become gathering spaces where people come together to create a community and watch out for one another.
-Talk to us about what grows well in our area. Google and Pinterest are amazing tools, but some of the photographs are of landscapes up north or a wet or dry or sun or shade area that doesn’t match our conditions locally. We specialize in our Acadiana area- from the typical conditions to soil to plant specimens. If you want to grow it, we can help you know it. Being a local nursery has the benefit in us only ordering what typically thrives in our seasonal and soil conditions.
- Trees are wider than they are bigger. Make sure your tree's roots have plenty of room to spread and grow. Know where your underground utilities are located and plan accordingly. If you're planting trees on a sidewalk lawn (aka — tree lawn or berm, depending on where you're from) stick to smaller varieties.
- Look up before you plant. Don't plant tall trees under power lines. That three-foot sapling may not look menacing now, but in a few years it can be knocking into utility lines and leaving you and your neighbors in the dark. Plant small ornamental trees by power lines.
- Trees need some babying in their first year. Even if the tag says your new tree is drought tolerant, it still needs to be watered frequently through the first four seasons to get established. Also, make sure to mulch it correctly; yes, there is a wrong way to mulch. Don't create big mounds or "volcanoes" around trees. Leave a space of 8 inches between mulch and tree trunks.
As always, we can help in your efforts- from picking to planting!