What You'll Learn
There's nothing you can add to your yard that improves it as much as a tree does. On the practical side, a tree can provide shade, block harsh winds and even muffle the noise of a busy street. On the esthetic front, a tree is a continual source of beauty and enjoyment as it grows over the years and changes throughout the seasons. A tree can also add value to your home. It's not difficult to achieve all of these goals — if you're armed with a little knowledge about choosing the best site in your yard, buying the right tree and planting it correctly. You'll find that knowledge on the following three pages along with lists of our favorite shade trees and small trees.