What is your favorite shade tree for your yard and why?
Check out Brad's opinion below. He share some good reasons for planting a deciduous tree, not to mention some mistakes to avoid. Don't forget to share your favorite.
The other day I asked my friend who has his own lawn care business about the best trees to plant in your yard. He’s also an expert on trees. In fact, my trees look better than all the trees in my neighbors’ yards thanks to Brad.
I mentioned to him that my favorite tree is the giant tree, a Camphor tree, in the front yard of the corner house. I explained that I like it most as it has a wonderful canopy that stays green all year. Think of that – no raking leaves.
He quickly pointed out the flaw in my reasoning.
My singular goal for any yard tree is providing shade in the hot summers. Not raking leaves in the fall is a bonus.
Brad quickly informed me that a tree with leaves in the winter keeps the warm sun from providing heat on those cold winter days. He told me the best trees for your yard keep your house cool in the summer and warm in the winter – at least on sunny days.
It was so obvious that I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t thought of this myself over all these years.
Of course, there are always exceptions to Brad’s insight.