13 Trees You SHOULD Start Growing In Your Yard And Why
Trees are not just an aesthetically pleasing thing to have in your yard. They can benefit the environment by holding the soil together and providing shade for plants that grow best therein.
Some of them can even be beneficial to your health also: Trees can filter out pollutants, such as carbon dioxide, from the air, particularly in places of high population density such as urban areas.
New research, according to the Atlantic Times, has revealed that the closer you live to trees — and the more there are near you — the better off you are in terms of health.
Each year, trees save $7 billion in health care costs. In this article, we shall examine thirteen of the healthiest trees and why you should grow them. In no particular order:
#1: Red Maple
The state tree of Rhode Island grows rapidly but does not display the habits of most other such plants. It is also one of the least messy and brittle, provides valuable shade and can grow in a range of soils and climates.
#2: Tulip Tree
The tulip tree, also known as the yellow poplar, is also one of the least brittle and messy.
It resists insects and diseases well and can thrive in almost any environmental condition. One study in New York City revealed it to be the top storer of carbon.
#3: Red and White Oak
Since prehistoric times, the oak has inspired awe in people, and many believed these trees to be the homes of gods or spirits. They are very hardy and can tolerate all but the harshest of environments.
Unlike the ones we have discussed so far, the sycamore rots or becomes ill easily. Still, forestry expert Steve Nix — who provided much of the information given in this article on about.com — recommends it as it can grow under almost any conditions, but best along creek banks, and is one of the simplest to grow. Only one sycamore should be planted in your yard, or else choose it if yours does not have much space.
#5: American Holly
This is the tree that has become familiar to all of us as an essential element of Christmas decoration owing to its remaining green even during the winter. It is the only member of its genus that grows as big as a tree and is considered by many gardeners to be the finest evergreen holly.
#6: American Elm
The American elm ranks among the most popular shade trees in urban areas. It is prone to Dutch elm disease, but strains are being developed that resist that illness, and the tree is adaptable, long-lived, tough and very easy to grow.
#7: Red Birch
Also known as the river birch, the red birch offers a number of advantages for the grower, such as:
- its heat tolerance — This is particularly beneficial in cities that are subject to heat blasts.
- its resistance to leaf spot (blemishes caused by fungi and bacteria)
- its ability to survive moderate drought
- being transplantable at an early age
#8: Silver Maple
The Center for Urban Forests says that the silver maple is capable of trapping almost 25,000 pounds of carbon dioxide, over a half-century.
#9: Flowering Dogwood
I have a flowering dogwood in my own backyard. It is one of the sturdiest trees and can be grown in almost any yard, and it remains beautiful throughout the year. The smaller specimens can store the most carbon dioxide.
#10: Blue Spruce
The blue spruce is a staple of northerly regions where the cold would kill many others. It has been placed on Earth Easy’s list of top carbon-storing trees.
#11: Pine Trees
There are many kinds of pine trees, and as a group, they are more carbon-effective than any other type of conifer plant.
#12: London Plane
Many experts consider the London plane to be a hybrid of the sycamore and the oriental plane. A large deciduous tree, it resists cold and disease and tolerates root cramping and pollution very well.
Our last tree is one of the smallest there are. It is also one of the most impressive of all the ornamental trees and can be used to decorate almost any landscape, no matter what the region.
Please Read: It is important to consult an expert about which trees are best for your yard because local conditions must be taken into account.
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