A garden without any trees is like a mother hen without any chicks, it’s just wrong and incomplete – so when you are creating a garden from scratch or you want to add some trees, these are some things to consider.
Tree species are like people – they have good sides and bad sides, and sometimes we like to surround ourselves with people who have more goods than bads.
How does a tree help a garden
Trees are protectors, they are the guardians of a garden – not only do they prevent from sunlight ruining a lot of flowers and bushes, but it also provides a lot of cooling during the summer and heat during the winter.
In fact a single tree can increase the temperature of a certain area, depending on draft, with more than 10% – take a notice of cars parked under trees during winter – no frost.
Consider the birch tree
It is a very fast growing tree which is both its good and bad side – it growing fast means that withing 15 years you might have a fully frown birch tree that gives you shade.
The white bark and gentle leaves are quite comforting and create a sense of purity and divinity – these trees are associated with certain shamanistic trials with tribes in Russia.
They grow fast so they are considered a soft wood and that makes them quite susceptible to windfalls and general rot – they are not so long lived, especially in urban environments. However, the birch tree is one of the most beneficial ones on hand as they provide quite a lot for its surrounding area.
The root system invites quite a lot of biodiversity including certain kinds of fungi which are associated with healthier soul – they help break down organic matter a lot quicker and provide more nutrients for plants.
Burch trees are also very thirsty meaning they will soak up any extra water in a 5 meter radius around their base, if you are having issues with waterlogged soils – a birch tree might help.
Another benefit to this tree that it’s sap can be harvested and it contains quite a lot of the same qualities of maple trees, it has a lot of natural sugars and can be consumed as is or made into a syrup.
The main chemical making it so special is the becylin which has quite a lot of inflammatory qualities making for a lovely couch solution – it’s leafs can be used for ointments and other skin care products.