4 Tips For Choosing The Right Trees For Your Landscape Area

Trees are great for enhancing your landscape area. They can help add structure and variety to your yard, help you define the space, and help you create privacy.  Here are four important questions you should ask yourself in the process of selecting the trees that will enhance your landscape.

1. How Much Space Does Your Tree Need To Grow?

Foremost, consider how much space you have for the tree to grow. Smaller spaces require a slow growing smaller tree, such as one of the dwarf variety. Consider the growing habits of your favored specimen: does it grow slowly or rapidly? Think ahead about the height of the tree in 10 or 15 years. Will it interfere with overhead power lines?  Will it develop an expanded root system which could interfere with the foundation of your home or a septic field? A little foresight when choosing a specimen for a specific location can save headaches down the road!

2. Consider the Function of the Tree For Your Landscape Area

Other considerations are the function of the tree that you’re planting. Are you looking for ample shade for a patio?  Carefully planned shade tree planting can save energy for your home by keeping it cooler in the summer. Evergreen pines can provide a wind screen in the winter or during windy and severe weather. Or, perhaps a privacy hedge is needed on a property line.  Many people choose ornamental flowering trees for their showy spring colors. Fall foliage, which can be just as pleasing, is another factor that can be incorporated in your decision making process. Wisely choose a variety of specimens that accent your landscape throughout all of the seasons – it’s the best approach for year round curb appeal and enjoyment.

3. Plant Your Tree At The Right Time of Year

The best time to plant a tree is in the fall, however, early spring after frost danger is past is also acceptable. The tree needs time to root and acclimate before hot dry summer sets in, or before the freezing temperatures of winter sends it into dormancy. A nice layer of mulch 2″ – 4″ deep will help protect the base of the tree from mower blades, keeps grasses and weeds away so they won’t compete with the roots for moisture, and also holds moisture so when dry spells occur the tree has a better chance of survival. Mulching also helps stabilize the soil temperature around the tree which prevents damage to its vitality during severe temperature fluctuations. Also, as the mulch breaks down, organic matter which helps nurture the root system is made.

4. Plant “Native “Trees

Trees that are native to your area are the best choice for planting; for they are adapted to the weather conditions and are often more resistant to the local common pests and diseases. A list of native trees for your region by visiting the website of your local university extension or local government resources.
Laurie Bullock is co-owner of Westminster Lawn Landscape Supply Yards with her husband Gaven. She writes frequent blog articles about gardening, landscaping, and food, drawing from years of experience as manager of the family business.