Besides being beautiful and providing much-needed shade relief, trees also serve as valuable windbreaks, limiting the ability of sustained gusts to damage your fragile garden. Just remember that trees remain assets only so long as they remain healthy. Dead or dying branches offer no reward—only risk. To protect your plantings from the impact of falling, wind-blown branches, scan the trees nearest your garden, paying special attention to those whose limbs overhang garden beds. If you spot a small tree with branches that look ready to come down, you can likely handle the pruning yourself. For taller trees with thicker branches, play it safe and hire a local arborist or landscaping company.