Trees stay put for a long time, so plan before you plant! Great for climbing, resting in the shade and setting your landscape apart, trees play an important role in our lives at every stage. “Old trees symbolize stability. Young trees represent vibrancy and growth,” explains an arborist. They are one of our best protections against pollution and severe weather.
Enjoying trees later begins by planning first. While trees add value to any property or landscape, how well they grow and work for you depends on their start. Many people choose the tree they like and then decide where to put it. Instead, decide on the tree’s purpose first. Do you want shade or privacy? A focal point? Once we know what it’s for, we can figure out the best tree for the job. Virtually any type of plants near your house will cut down on air conditioning needs and serve as wind breaks in the cold. Evergreens make especially good privacy fences, while flowering and fruiting trees create beautiful additions to your property.
Before planting a small, young tree, find out how large it will be at full size. Giving trees enough room to expand their roots and branches will mean less care later.
Plant most trees 10’ or more from building foundations, depending on the shape and final size of the tree. Don’t plant tall varieties of trees under power or telephone lines. Underground, roots spread to be more than twice as wide as the tree is tall. Just picture the shape of a wine glass on a dinner plate. Most roots will be in the top 18” of soil and spread way out. They have the power to upturn patios and sidewalks if planted too close.
For questions about the trees that are right for your needs or best-suited to our local climate, give us a call!