Trees offer raw materials which result in building materials, papers, medicines, cosmetics and other finished products. Trees also provide habitat for birds, squirrels, and other small animals.
Arbor Day reminds us to give more importance and appreciation to trees. Thousands of trees are planted on this day alone. Through these trees, future generations are ensured to experience the beauty of trees that we take for granted today.
And who can forget about the immeasurable benefits that trees provide, like shade. Shade from trees protects us from extreme heat and blocks direct sunlight and harmful sunrays.
Best of all, trees contribute to generating oxygen. We all know that we need oxygen to survive. Therefore, we need trees to survive.
Of all of these benefits of trees, we need to respect their mightiness, too. Proper maintenance and grooming of trees are often needed to keep the benefits of trees in a positive light and to avoid damage that their amazing stature can wield.
Prune Your Trees
Regularly cut off branches that are within six feet of your house. Not trimming trees can make you vulnerable to damaging effects. Untrimmed branches that are close to your home can give smaller animals access to your attic, windows, veranda, and roof. These critters can then infest, damage, or pollute your home, attic insulation, and more. Additionally, untrimmed branches can sway during storms and break out windows, tear off shingles, clog gutters, and more.
Plant Trees Methodically
Trees seem to fit naturally in any location of your yard. They all seem like they grew there perfectly. However, if you’re planning to landscape a new home or plant new trees within an existing yard, plant your trees methodically.
By keeping in mind the maximum growth potential of your newly planted trees, you’ll ensure that the girth of the tree doesn’t grow too wide and ruin home foundations. Make sure to avoid planting trees that can uproot underground pipes, septic tanks, water systems, or utilities.
Ensure that the height of your tree doesn’t obstruct views or become a storm or fall hazard in years to come. To avoid fall hazards, many people apply the rule of making the distance between a tree and your home to be equal or greater than the max height of the tree.
Planting methodically isn’t all about prevention. Careful planning has positive benefits, too. Plant trees in areas that can maximize shade in areas of your yard that would be beneficial.