Depending on the space available should help determine the type of tree you want. Before you plant, consider how big will your tree get at maturity? How far will the roots spread? Select a space that is appropriate for the size of your tree when it reaches maturity. Also remember, not to plant too close to houses, utility lines, driveways, and other structures that can be damaged.
There are a variety of reasons you can be planting trees. whether you desire shade, privacy, food or beauty this is an important planning step. For instance, shade trees will help decrease the energy bills if planted on the correct side of your home.
- Shade: Do you want to add shade to your yard? Pick a tree with a broad canopy that will cast a big shadow.
- Beauty: If you want to enhance your curb appeal, consider planting something with vibrant color or unique texture. Ornamental and flowering trees are a great start.
- Food: There is great satisfaction in harvesting your own fruits, nuts, or citrus trees. And you don’t have to wait 10 years to reap the benefits. Many fruit trees are available in dwarf varieties and can bear fruit in as little as 3-5 years.
- Privacy: Trees work well as a privacy screen and soften harsh landscapes. They also last longer and are more affordable then installing a traditional fence. With so many fast-growing privacy tree options, it’s hard not to add more green to your yard.
- Habitat: Wildlife are a sure way to bring life to any landscape. Whether its birds, deer, squirrels, or rabbits, there is a tree for every critter.
When choosing the tree you want, keep in mind your hardiness zone and how much sunlight or soils conditions they will require.
- Sun exposure: How much or how little sun your tree requires will help determine which side of your house to plant on, or which tree is suitable for your designated planting site. Ignoring sun exposure can result in a tree that wilts out from leaf scorch or a tree that dies from not being able to photosynthesize.
- Moisture: Another key factor to consider at your planting site is the amount of moisture your tree will get. Make sure to plant in a space that has adequate drainage and will receive enough moisture when watered.
When it comes to designing your landscape, you can use your creativity. However, diversity in trees and shrubs that you plant will help create texture and depth.
As you’re designing, think about the color and form the trees and shrubs will grow into. Don’t be afraid to mix evergreens with deciduous trees and shrubs.
Check out these landscape design plans developed by professional landscape architects. These do it yourself plans are easy to use and will enhance the look of your home, backyard, driveway, or garden.
After planting, you need to make sure that your tree retains as much moisture as possible to protect and prevent trees from disease. A great way to do this is add a layer of mulch or pine straw.