Trees – whether we give them conscious thought or not, we all depend on them for a variety of purposes. And, eco-friendly elements aside – perhaps the most valuable thing about trees is the shade they can provide us. After all, we rarely write glowing words about how much we love the hot sun bearing down on with respite from shade! Rather, we extol the beauty of trees and the way their leaves provide shade and interest to a landscape.
So, if you are looking for ways to add interest to your yard, or provide some shade where you can sit back and relax, then a great option is to plant some trees that will offer some solstice. And the best part about trees? For the most part, they require minimal maintenance! Even better, there are a number of varieties of shade trees available, so you are certain to find something that suits your landscape, climate and budget.
Best Trees for Offering Shade
As you peruse your local nursery, trying to find the perfect trees can be overwhelming. In fact, selection of the trees can usually be broken down into these categories – trees that grow fast or trees that grow more slowly but have a long lifespan. To help out, here are some easy to grow and care for shade trees to consider.
· Red maple – This tree is popular along the eastern region of the U.S. and due to its beauty in the fall, it has become one of the most loved and recognized trees around. Making it even better for the landscaper looking for an easy to care for tree, is that it grows strong, steadily and sturdy.
· Tulip trees – This beautiful tree is especially popular in urban landscapes. Its uniquely shaped leaves add some dimension to your landscape, while the tree provides a great deal of shade.
· Oak trees – There are hundreds of varieties of oak trees available, so you are sure to find one that meets your specific criteria.
· Dogwoods – These beautiful trees are commonly seen blooming in the spring. They are a surprisingly strong tree despite their delicate flowers and appearance. The will provide a great deal shade, and are perfect for yards of any size.
· Conifers – There are different varieties of these trees, and depending on where you live you can choose from more than one variety to grace your yard. The trees will provide great shade, but be aware that they typically leave their needles on the ground in the fall, so you may find yourself doing some extra raking.
Having a yard designed for relaxing and pleasure is totally possible, just be sure to select trees and shrubbery that will bring you pleasure and shade. If you have questions, talk to the pros at your local nursery and learn what tress do best in your area.