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ID and Plant Trees of All Kinds

Living in an environment with a wealth of trees has a variety of benefits, both for people and animals and for the environment. Not only are trees aesthetically pleasant with the beauty they contribute to their surroundings, but they also help to make the environment healthier just with their presence. Learning how to identify trees will enable you to care for and maintain the trees you own. You might also choose to add trees to the environment by planting new ones. If you decide to plant trees, make sure you choose ones that will thrive in your location.

Tree Identification

When you wish to identify a tree, begin examining its features. You can often find important clues about a tree's species by looking at the tree's physical characteristics, such as size, shape, and leaves. It also helps to have a basic understanding of the trees that can grow successfully in a geographic location because this can eliminate some possibilities. Trees that require year-round warmth, such as palm trees, would not grow in northern climates with cold winters, for instance. Examining a tree's leaves is often the first place people start when they want to determine a tree's species. Deciduous trees are the ones that grow new broad leaves in the spring and lose them in the fall. These trees can have leaves in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, but they all belong to the deciduous family of trees. Conifers have needles instead of leaves, and sometimes, these trees are called evergreen trees. Conifers may shed their needles at various times, but in general, these trees maintain their needles throughout the year. A tree's blossoms in the spring may provide additional clues about its species.

Planting Trees

Planting trees often results in direct benefits. Not only are trees beautiful, but they also provide welcome shade around them. Shade helps cool surfaces around trees, and people usually experience less eye strain when they are in a shady spot versus a sunny location. Blocking sunlight and providing shade helps cool the air. Trees also absorb carbon dioxide from the environment. As trees help remove carbon dioxide, they replenish the environment with oxygen. Trees work to absorb some pollutants from the air, pulling these contaminants into the bark and leaves. In addition, as water evaporates from leaves, this process can actually make the air cooler. Trees can also block wind, which may help keep a home warmer in the winter.

When you want to help the environment by planting trees, you will find the tree-planting process to be quite straightforward. A new tree might come in a container with soil, it might have a root ball with burlap tied around it, or it might be in bare-root form. The planting process used depends on the type of tree and the root configuration. Generally, the hole you dig will need to be deep enough and wide enough to accommodate the roots without injuring them. Ask for specific planting instructions for the tree you want to plant when you purchase it.

Tree Care and Maintenance

After planting a tree, you will need to maintain it to keep it healthy. Regular tree-trimming is a part of tree maintenance. Most trees need to be pruned at least once a year to remove old growth and any dead branches. If you have trees that are unhealthy, you may need to consider tree removal. Many municipalities have guidelines for tree removal with services available to take out dead or diseased trees.