Trees add character and value to any property, provided they’re planted in the right place. A large part of tree care involves proper planning when landscaping your garden or business park. Aside from aesthetics, choosing the right tree and the right place for it in your design will reduce the cost of maintaining your trees years down the line.
Here are six factors you should take into account when planting a tree:
- How high will it grow?
A little research goes a long way, and knowing how high a tree will grow will help you avoid problems in the future. Think about the structures that your tree may encounter as it grows such as power lines, roofs, other trees and any other immovable structures.
- How wide will it grow?
If you want to use a tree to create shade, you’ll be looking for one that spreads out and produces a wide canopy. But once again, it’s best to find out how wide it will spread before you plant it. Remember that the shade provided by a tree’s canopy may also affect what you can plant underneath it.
- How quickly will it grow?
Mature trees can make a newly-built home feel more established and add substantial value to a property. But the faster a tree grows, the more maintenance and care it will require. And bear in mind that slow growing trees tend to live longer than those that grow quickly.
- Deciduous or evergreen?
If you want to create shade in summer but let the light through in winter, you’ll want a tree that naturally loses its leaves in winter. But that means you may have to spend more time raking leaves in chilly weather than you’d like to. On the other hand, evergreen trees won’t lose their leaves in winter. But you’ll think carefully about where you place them in the garden if you don’t want to block winter sunlight from reaching into your home.
- Does it have an aggressive root system?
Some trees put out roots that spread for miles under the soil. This may pose a problem to the other existing plants in your garden or affect what you may be able to plant in the future. If the tree you’ve chosen has an aggressive root system you may want to reconsider.
- Can you provide the right conditions?
Each tree requires a particular combination of soil, sunlight and moisture to thrive. If you can’t offer a tree the right conditions, it will struggle to grow and reach its full potential. Rather work with the conditions you have and select trees that suit the environment to save you time, effort and money in the future.
A note about fruit trees
Nothing beats being able to pick fruit from a tree in your own garden, but fruit trees can get messy. If you want to plant a fruit tree, find it a spot away from paved areas or sidewalks. And remove over-ripe fruit before it falls to the ground and rots.
No matter which trees you include in your design, the best way to ensure that they grow strong and healthy is by partnering with a tree care professional. With access to expert advice and care, you trees will thrive and provide you with years of pleasure.