Most of our blogs focus on tree trimming or removal, but we can also offer some advice on planting a tree. If you pay attention to these four factors when choosing a new tree to plant, you can set yourself up for easier maintenance or a lower likelihood of needing to remove the tree later. Plus, these tips will simply help you choose a tree that best suits your needs and aesthetic preferences.
What is the purpose of your new tree? Trees serve different purposes, so this is the first question you should ask. Do you hope to shade your home and yard? Are you looking for a purely decorative tree to add curb appeal to the property? If so, do you want something that flowers in the spring, or displays vibrant leaves in the fall? Would you prefer a tree that produces organic fruit, right in your own backyard? These questions can help you narrow your focus.
Can you commit to maintenance, or would you prefer something more “hands off”? All trees can require some work, but some are more demanding than others. A deciduous tree that drops leaves in the fall will also create quite a bit of yard work. An evergreen is more low-maintenance on a regular basis, although overgrowth, breakage, and disease can happen to almost any tree sometimes.
Consider the climate. In a drier climate, do you want to commit yourself to watering your young tree regularly? Or would you prefer a variety that is more drought tolerant from the start?
How much room do you have? You don’t want to over-plant your yard, and end up with a giant whose roots disrupt sidewalks, driveways, or patios. You also want to avoid planting anything too close to the house, if limbs are likely to reach the structure or hang over the roof. Pay attention, also, to the location of power lines.
If you carefully consider these questions when planting a tree, you might be able to avoid the need for maintenance for many years. But if you do need help with tree trimming, give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.