Selecting The Right Trees For Your Home

Adding trees to your yard can offer many benefits. Trees provide shade, natural privacy and are perfect for inviting a variety of birds and wildlife into your yard while increasing your property value. If you are considering adding trees to your property, you want to contemplate a few factors before planting. Most trees will live for decades, so you want to be sure the trees you plant will compliment both your home and your lifestyle. 

Factors To Consider When Choosing New Trees

Many times people choose a tree based only on beauty, without considering the long term effects the tree will have on their home and lifestyle. While it may be small when you plant it, some trees may grow very large in only a matter of a few years. Before buying and planting new trees, consider these factors: 

  • Height. How high will your new tree grow? This is important when you have utility lines crossing your yard. In several years, it can also become a falling issue. Tall trees can cause substantial damage to homes in severe storms.
     
  • Leaves. Be aware that beautiful trees full of leaves will eventually lose those leaves each fall. This means raking and removing leaves. While this may not be much in the first few years, eventually it can become a large undertaking. For lower maintenance, fir or pine trees may be a better option for some homeowners.
     
  • Roots. You need to know how deep your tree’s roots will grow. Deep rooted trees can cause damage to underground sewer, water and gas lines. 

Before planting any new trees in your yard, consider consulting a professional tree service. They can offer advice on which trees would best suit your home, region and lifestyle; they can also plant them for you.

Posted on behalf of BAM Tree Experts

Choosing Trees For Your Landscaping

Trees are an excellent addition to any landscape.  They offer many benefits, not the least of which is enhancing the beauty of your home.  Before you rush off to your local nursery or home improvement center, take few minutes to consider a few factors that will affect what type of tree or trees will best fulfill your needs.  Also, consider discussing your tree needs with certified arborist.  They are tree experts and can help you select the right tree.

First, you want to think about what you want the tree to do.  Is it only being planted to add beauty and color to your landscape or do you expect the tree to provide shade or to break the wind?  Next, consider where you want to place the tree.  How much room is there for the tree to grow?  Look for overhead power lines and other obstructions that could limit the height of the tree or the circumference of its crown.  What about underground obstructions such as leach fields, sewer lines, and foundations.

The soil conditions where you want to place the tree will affect what types of trees are suitable.  Does the soil drain well or does it retain standing water after a heavy or prolonged rain? Is the soil rich and fertile or is it sandy or have a high clay content?

Finally, how much maintenance are you willing to commit to?  Some trees, especially those not native to your area, will need much more care than others.  Are you willing to handle or hire an arborist to handle pruning, fertilizing, watering, insect and disease control and other tree maintenance?  Or would you prefer a lower maintenance tree?

Once you have considered these questions, you will be ready to talk to your local nursery about a tree that will be a great fit for you and your landscape.