Factors to Consider When Selecting Trees for Landscaping

For those who love trees, there is nothing as disappointing as living in a home without proper landscaping. The good news is that there are trees that grow quickly, and with the right planning, you can have the landscape of your dreams after a few years. Here are some of the factors you should consider to help you choose the right trees for your landscaping:

The Available Space

The size of the space you have will determine the type of tree you need to plant, because trees grow to different sizes. Remember to consider the maximum size of the tree upon maturity, not its typical size or its current size. Also, remember to consider both the vertical and horizontal spread of the tree, taking into account both above-ground and underground spread. For example, there are trees with deep roots that don't necessarily grow very tall. For such trees, you need to ensure that there are no underground utilities that the tree roots might damage.

The Nature of Soil

The nature of the soil, which is determined by its water retention ability, the availability of nutrients, and the type of soil (for example, sandy or loamy), should also be considered, because different trees thrive in different areas. For example, there are trees that thrive in waterlogged areas, and there are also trees that will easily die in such areas.

The Purpose of the Tree

Why do you want to plant the tree? Do you want an ornamental tree, a shade tree, a fruit tree or a tree that will help reduce the effect of wind in your yard? These questions are important, because not all trees will serve the same purpose. For example, trees to be used as windbreakers need to be strong and have large, bushy foliage. You can't pick a tree that grows straight with minimal branches and expect it to act as a windbreaker in your home.

The Expected Maintenance

Lastly, you should also know the required maintenance practices for the different trees so that you can plant something you will be able to care for. There are thorny trees, trees that shed lots of leaves and twigs, and trees that must be pruned and trimmed for proper growth. Don't plant something that will be littering your yard with flowers, seeds, and leaves if you won't be available to take care of the yard.

The above are the general factors to guide you with the selection. Consult a tree professional to help you with the specifics and with any tree or shrub care services you may need.