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How and Why to Plant Trees

Updated on March 20, 2011

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When we were living in Northern Ontario every spring and fall our morning would begin with the bird chorus from all the songbirds that were passing through. The area we live in was well treed and we had three in the backyard as well as a number of bushes. If you are a bird lover trees and shrubs are an ideal way to attract them and keep them.

Now if there was a situation when it was important to follow the right plant, right palce rule it is when you are choosing a tree or trees for your property. Pick the wrong tree and you may find its roots assaulting the foundation of your home. Pick the right tree and you will enjoy its many benefits for many years.

Remember that a tree’s root system can cover an area 2-3 times as wide as the crown. Also be sure you know how tall the tree will grow, you do not want a 50 foot tree in your 10x10 backyard.

It is not only individual properties that benefit from trees. A busy shopping district that has a tree canopy is a much more pleasant place to walk, stop and shop than one where the sun beats down mercilessly upon your head.

Shade is vital to protect us from the sun and schoolyards need shade. A few well placed trees can turn a hot unpleasant space into a shady playground or a palce t sit and read and what would a park be without a few trees.

Trees create homes for more than birds and many urban children has seen their first wildlife thanks to the trees planted nearby.

Trees act as a windbreak and can help cool your home in summer and heat it in winter. Trees can also act as a noise barrier and reduce the traffic sound from that major street that is all too near your backyard.

When you go out to purchase a tree it is important to buy one that fits in with your overall design and how you use your yard. Are you looking for a shade tree under which you can enjoy summer picnics?

Are you looking for a tree that will drop its leaves in fall after a display of vibrant colour, thus providing you with mulch and compost material? Or do you want an evergreen/

What is the maximum height and width of the tree? You will need to know about the tree’s root system how deep do the roots go and how far do they spread?

Ask yourself this is the tree’s primary function in the yard. Are you seeking more privacy, additional shade, food, or visual appeal?

What else do you plant to grow? Trees provide shade and this will determine what else you plant and where you will palce it. Trees are a long term investment. Do your homework before making the commitment.


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  • Adamgreen profile image

    Adamgreen 7 years ago from Peterborough

    A good hub, love planting trees and I grow more from seed every year. Not to keen on the video though if I'm honest, doesn't seem that useful.

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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Trees r us, thanks for dropping by.

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    Forest Ireland 8 years ago

    Way to go man, everyone should plant a tree.

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    Bob Ewing 10 years ago from New Brunswick

    Yrban forestry has much as yet unrealized potential and KristineBlue we are stewards and when we understand that things begin to change positively.

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    KristineBue 10 years ago

    This post reminds me of a teacher way back in High School. She said that for one to live a life, you ahve to accomplish these: read a book, write a letter, plant a tree. It's great to read posts like this. It tells us that as stewards of the Earth, we know what to do. =)

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    Patty Inglish 10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

    I like the urban forestry touch vey much. Nice Hub overall too!

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    Bob Ewing 10 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks, they take time but are worth it.

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    Whitney 10 years ago from Georgia

    Great hub. My dad loves trees. He's secretly trying to hide our house from the road. Ha. He planted several last year, and I don't doubt a few are in his plans for this year.. It's just a matter of them growing big and tall. ;-)

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    Bob Ewing 10 years ago from New Brunswick

    I wish gardening season was that clsoe i am still about 4 months from being able to do much other than tidy up.

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    firefly07 10 years ago from UK

    great hub again and very timely. In another 6 weeks or so we will be out in the garden gain. I do agree with you about trees - we have a huge tree near the house that shades the patio from about noon until about 6pm. Perfect for sitting out on a hot afternoon.

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    Bob Ewing 10 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks, highwaystar and yes we do need to gte back to the garden.

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    highwaystar 10 years ago

    Bob, fantastic hub...the timing is perfect and what else could be said as you've covered it all...the world needs to go green, i salute you for sharing your passion!

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    Bob Ewing 10 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks, i am quite fond of trees.

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    Abhinaya 10 years ago

    Great information BOb. I could sit under a tree my whole life.Loved your hub.