Trees can serve many important functions in your home garden.
They can provide shelter for birds that naturally control your pest population, they can provide shade for those plants that grow better in partial sun.
Trees can also serve as privacy and wind screens.
Perhaps most importantly, trees play a large role in bringing minerals and water to the surface to share with the other plants in your garden.
Using native trees in your garden design increases your chance of success as these trees are more likely to survive in your soil and climate conditions, be more resilient to local pests, and harbor supportive wildlife.
eNature offers an effective and easy to use database of trees native to your area. The tool even includes birds, butterflies, mammals and lizards as well. Making their database even better it allows you to search for trees and animals based on their observable characteristics.