A garden without a tree is like a mantelpiece without any ornaments. So much potential, yet so little to show for it. Mature trees offer properties a myriad of benefits. They provide comfort for tired homeowners at the end of long work days, shade for swimming pools and decking and even help you reduce your energy bill costs.
However, if you are looking to take advantage of the array of benefits offered by trees, by purchasing several from a nearby nursery, keep in mind it might be years before you can enjoy these benefits--unless you buy mature trees. A mature tree or even a large semi-mature tree is a better investment for many reasons. Here are 4 reasons to help you decide the next time you decide to go tree shopping.
Mature Trees Boost Property Value
If you plant several smaller trees of 3-6 feet, it will be years before they become established enough to add value to your property. Which would you be more impressed by? A 4-foot Japanese maple barely visible from the street and which might just provide enough shade for your cat, or one of at least 2 metres tall, its brilliant red canopy adding a touch of class and elegance?
A Mature Tree Will Provide Instant Shade
If you require shade trees to keep your property cool, a semi-mature or mature tree gives you shade almost instantaneously. Otherwise, it could be years before you'll be able to enjoy the shelter provided by a leafy canopy.
A New Swimming Pool Needs Instant Screening
Are you planning on building a swimming pool or renovating an old one? You'll need shade and scenery. Even the fastest growing trees will not be mature enough to give you the effect you want--unless you are willing to wait 2-3 years of course.
Mature Means Years of use, Potted Means years of Waiting
If you have children, are retired, or have just bought your dream home, buying several mature trees will allow you to beautify your property today, not in 2022. Mature trees are also much safer from pets as they are tougher and sturdier.
Some Nurseries Offer Mature Trees
While many wholesale nurseries offer semi-mature trees and woody plants, there are some that sell mature trees. With a careful search, you may find several near you. Another useful tip is to remember that not every tree might find a home. For whatever reason, a perfectly good tree could be left standing in a nursery for years until it matures.
Even if a nursery does not sell mature trees then, it won't hurt to take a look to see if they have any mature trees that need a home.