Within the world of botany and plant life, the term “evergreen” refers to any plant that keeps its leaves throughout the entire year. This is in contrast to deciduous plants, which lose their foliage during one season of the year, commonly winter.
At Reliable Tree Care, we’re proud to offer year-round services for all trees, including evergreens. We can help you with everything from tree fertilization to tree disease control, ensuring your low-maintenance evergreens continue to offer the year-long beauty and practicality you’re looking for. This latter category is one that’s often not fully appreciated by people who haven’t had evergreen trees before – let’s look at three specific practical benefits that come with evergreen trees.
In many cases, both in private residences and in public areas, evergreen trees are planted in long rows or lines. This is for a few reasons, but one of the most practical is the way these trees can protect a given area from wind. There are several foliage elements that do not do well with wind, even if they’re mostly okay during other major parts of winter, and evergreens are great for protecting these.
On top of this, though, evergreens are also perfect for protecting the home from drafts. They block wind during the winter and then double as shade providers during summer, both of which can lead to far better energy efficiency in your home and a lower utility bill each month.
Another major winter element that evergreens help with is blocking snow from anything from patios and driveways to roads and sidewalks. In fact, the term “living snow fence” has been around since the early 1900s, when trees like evergreens were planted to protect major highways and railroad lines from snow that would blow onto them.
In most cases, these kinds of living fences block more snow, are more visually attractive, and most importantly are less expensive than installing actual fence materials. It provides an additional habitat for wildlife while improving the way your property looks and feels.
Lines of evergreens aren’t only valuable for protecting your physical property – they’re great for protecting your privacy as well. Once again, they’re a much cheaper and more aesthetically pleasing option than fences here; true privacy fences are some of the most expensive on the market, but you can accomplish the same thing for a fraction of the cost with some evergreens.
And furthermore, fences are limited by local height and size guidelines. Evergreens are not, and can grow as high as you’re able to allow them. This is especially valuable for privacy if you live in a hilly area with other properties at various elevations.
For more on the practical value of evergreen trees, or to learn about any of our tree services, speak to the staff at Reliable Tree Care today.