As the weather finally begins to show signs of improving and the first few hints of spring appear, millions of UK homeowners once again start thinking about their gardens. Specifically, what they can start doing right now to ensure they get maximum enjoyment from their outdoor living spaces throughout the all-too-brief warmer months.
Unsurprisingly, we at Target Trees firmly believe that there is absolutely nothing better for enhancing outdoor spaces than planting trees. If it is something you have been considering, it’s worth bearing in mind that from an ideal standpoint, you’re getting out of time to get the job done. The reason being that contrary to popular belief, it is far better for the health of the trees themselves to be planted during the winter when they are dormant. For the most part, it is recommended that they be planted no later than the beginning of April, meaning now really is the time if you want to get planting!
But given the fact that there are so many other things you could be doing with your garden, why focus your time and attention on trees? What is it that trees can bring your outdoor living spaces that nothing else can?
Well, the simple answer comes in the form of multiple answers a variety of benefits that go hand in hand with planting trees at home. And given the fact that young trees are both extremely affordable to invest in and simple to plant, there really is no reason not to bring your home and your garden the following benefits starting right now:
- Beautiful Additions to Your Garden
First of all, there is the obvious way in which trees make an absolutely beautiful visual addition to the garden. It may be difficult to see it right now, but give the trees sufficient time to grow and you will probably be amazed as to the extent to which they can enhance your outdoors. Of course, patience is a virtue and it may be several years (or even decades) before they begin reaching their peak. Nevertheless, for every year you delay planting them, that’s another year you’ll have to wait to make the most of them! There really is nothing quite like a mature tree, or any number of trees, to bring your garden to life.
- Attract Birds and Other Wildlife
Speaking of bringing your garden to life, there are literally thousands of different UK animal species that could not survive without trees. Increasingly, experts are calling on all homeowners with the ability to do so to make concerted efforts to attract as much wildlife as possible to their gardens. As and when living spaces continue to take over natural habitat all over the country, animals by the millions are literally being rendered homeless. Nevertheless, doing something as simple as planting one or more trees at home can give hundreds, maybe even thousands of animals a permanent home for life. And of course, along with the satisfaction that comes with doing something helpful, there’s also the benefit of being able to watch beautiful birds, butterflies and other creatures doing what they do best.
- Grow Your Own Fruits
Despite the fact that pretty much everyone understands the appeal of growing their own fruit at home, comparatively few actually go ahead and do it. For the most part, this is due to the assumption that in order for fruit trees to reach fruition, you first need to cater to them patiently for decades. In reality however, it’s perfectly possible to pick up fruit trees which within one or two years of planting will begin producing absolutely outstanding fruit. Perhaps not in the most enormous quantities, but still generous enough to pay for themselves. And it goes without saying that once you have started growing your own at home, there really is no going back you’ll be hooked for life!
- Shade and Privacy
In terms of tangible benefits, there’s also the way in which trees as they grow can provide your garden with welcome shade in the summertime and additional privacy throughout the year. Positioned strategically, a tree can offer the perfect shade and shelter for an outdoor living space during the warmer months of the year. Likewise, trees can make your garden feel so much more secluded, protected and generally private by serving as a physical barrier from the outside world. All with the added bonus of bringing beautiful wildlife into your garden throughout the year.
- Added Value for Your Property
Last but not least, if the above benefits were not enough to convince anyone to plant trees in their own garden, it’s worth bearing in mind that mature trees are almost guaranteed to be of significant value to the property as a whole. This is particularly true in the case of fruit trees, though applies to almost every type of tree across the board. Outdoor living spaces are always taken into account when it comes to determining the overall value of the property trees often having a significant impact on its perceived value. The prospect of being able to immediately take advantage of all of the above benefits without having to start out from scratch is one that appeals to quite a lot of prospective homebuyers.
Once again, it all comes down to the way in which planting trees is easy, affordable and can be enormously enjoyable. It also represents a responsible environmental gesture, an investment in the overall value of your property and a means by which to enhance and improve your outdoor living spaces.
Just be sure to get a move on if you plan on getting the job done this year you’re already short on time!