Trees: The Hows and Whens of Planting Them

What kind of trees are you going to plant in that new home? It’s a good question, and one that is going to take some consideration. A decision in haste can lead to a future regret. Sure, a lot of trees grow more beautiful year after year. But others have the potential to create a lot of waste, problems and decades of trouble by dropping messy fruit or causing dangerous sticks to point out and even hurt someone. An that’s the reason why you should take your time in deciding what kind of tree you want to add to your landscaped area.

Begin by thinking: what kind of tree do I want in my backyard. Why do I want to place a tree in this area? Do I need shade? Privacy? Or does the tree just need to add curb appeal to my home?

The Growth Rate

A tree’s growth rate may also factor into your decision. Some trees grow much slower than others. For example, the hardwoods all grow slowly, but they also tend to live much longer than others. If you need trees to give shade then you need one that has a faster growing rate. These trees are typically smaller. They have softer wood and don’t live  as long.

You also want to scale trees to the size of the home. Smaller homes need smaller trees and larger ones need larger hardwoods. Place smaller trees near the house and taller ones further away.

Trees can be either deciduous or evergreen. By deciduous we mean they lose their leaves in the fall and are bare during the winter. Evergreen trees and shrubs keep their foliage throughout the year. Some have broader leaves than others such as the pines which have needled foliage.

Assets and Liabilities

Every type of tree has an asset that suits special types of landscapes. But each also has special growing requirements. Some work well in cold areas while others are rated for hardiness in cold areas. Some work best in rich moist soils while others work more in acidic soils. Liabilities such as thorns should also be considered, especially if you have animals or children. Some trees are messy or weedy. All of these factors need to be considered when deciding to plant trees in your backyard.

Tree Health

When a tree is small that is not always a good thing. A small tree is not always a young tree. Trees can grow small because when they are weak. A less sturdy tree will have thinner bark and it will be textured with furrows, flakes and ridges, not the smooth texture that young trees normally have.

Certain trees are better suited to urban areas than others. They can withstand pollutants that come from industry and cars. They do well in areas of poor drainage and with night lights, salt sprays and other hindrances of the city. They typically have shorter lifespans than trees in the suburbs or in the country.

The point is when you plan on planting trees you need to take all of these factors into consideration and then make your choice appropriately.