Uses for Dead Trees
Trees can be also be useful when they're dead. Wood is particularly versatile. Dead tree limbs can be used for firewood in the winter, with can help to further reduce household energy costs, or they can be repurposed in the garden as fence posts, stakes, borders or just plain mulch. For those feeling particularly creative they can even be used for woodworking projects and building household furniture and tree limbs or wood chippings are excellent for arts and crafts projects for children.
Deciduous trees also produce dead leaves at fall which can be recycled as compost or mulch. Leaves are excellent at retaining soil moisture and as they decompose they provide the soil with nutrients while maintaining an excellent structure for soil aeration. They are an essential ingredient for organic mulch which can be a great help in boosting the health and productivity of garden ecosystems.
Finally, trees can also produce fruit. Planting apple or pear trees for example will provide annual returns of fruit that can be incorporated into jams, chutneys, desserts or just eaten raw.
Planting trees is a great and environmentally friendly way of saving money, through improved energy efficiency and long term ecological benefits. Dead wood, leaves and fruit produce by trees can all be used in other projects around the house and garden. Some local governments, such as that in Los Angeles, are actively promoting tree planting as a benefit both for individuals and wider society. Adding trees to a garden now could result in long term savings for you and your family.