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Made in the Shade: Choosing Shade Trees for your Yard

Updated on March 14, 2014

Many elements make up a beautifully landscaped yard. After all, it is more than just well -maintained shrubbery and flower gardens, evenly cut grass and having good looking lawn furniture and yard art. In fact, while all of those things may be great, if there aren’t any shade trees, then your yard will lack having a place to simply relax out of the sun’s warm rays.

But having shade trees is more than simply going to the garden center, picking out a bunch of seedlings and placing them in the ground. You want to select trees that will work for your yard and the way you use it. You may also wish to invest more money, thus saving time, and choose more mature trees that will begin to shade your yard sooner rather than later.

So, what should you look for in a shade tree? Well, this truly depends o what you wish to accomplish. If you are looking for trees that will provide a great deal of shade while also giving your yard the postcard perfect fall look, then you will want to select maples or ash trees. But, if you are wanting small, ornamental trees that add color during the spring then consider cherry, pear, dogwoods, redbuds or crabapple. Of course and added benefit of some of these smaller trees is that they are fruit bearing trees, so you not only get shade, but some sweet treats, too!

If you are looking for strong shade trees that provide a food source of another type, you might consider pecans or walnut trees. However, these trees can take a while to reach maturity, but they will provide some amazing shade. It should be noted that with any food producing trees, you will need to plan time for picking the fruit; else it will drop to the ground, leaving you a mess to clean up!

In addition to the types of trees, you will want to give careful consideration to where you will be planting the trees. Factors to consider are the type of soil you have, how much sun the spot gets, the amount of space you have and the type of windstorms if any) that your area is known for.

Having shade trees is great way to enhance your yard and add value to the property. And, with so many types of trees to choose from you can easily select varieties that work for whatever region in which you live. If you have questions about the types of shade trees for your yard, contact a landscaping professional such as the specialists at Lancaster’s Root Nursery.

Many websites provide additional information on the topic of shade trees. One such site worth visiting is

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