1000 Flowers for the Planet - #323 Plant Deciduous Trees
When you plan your garden, or if you have room in your existing garden, think about planting deciduous trees. These need to be in the correct spot in the garden, ensuring they have plenty of room for root and canopy growth. More importantly, when planted in the correct spot, deciduous trees help create a better environment by creating shade to your home in summer, yet allowing the winter light to penetrate after the leaves fall. This will help cut cooling and heating costs all year round, reducing the use of electricity and/or fossil fuels, cutting down on carbon emissions and saving money. The leaves they drop in autumn/fall can be used for mulching your garden, saving water in summer and more money. Unfortunately the best time to plant any tree is twenty years ago, but planning for the future is an option every day, so plant your garden wisely.