Tree Planting Guide
Compliment your Landscape and Local Ecosystem
Though we love trees and they provide us with multiple benefits they also contribute to local ecology. Wildlife feed from these trees and use them as their homes. Finding a balance between nature and civilization can sometimes be a struggle. Trees are a great place to start. In this post, I am going to present a list of question anyone should consider before they pick and plant a tree within their urban forest (yard).
Where to Start
It all can seem really confusing....
There are a lot of things to consider when picking the trees in your yard. Some of them are aesthetic and some of them are to make sure you pick a tree that will thrive in your environment. Not every tree fits every urban forest. If planting more than one tree, pick variety. Some trees species have invaders that may kill them. If an infestation is to occur all of your hard work could be gone within a season.
What is your favorite kind of tree?
These are all questions that should be considered when choosing trees to add to your landscape.
1. Do you want an evergreen (needles) tree or a deciduous (leaved) tree?
2. How much sun does your planned location get?
- Different trees need different amounts of sunlight, the more your know about the sun exposure in an area, the better equipped you will be to pick the proper tree species
3. How wet is your yard?
- Resource availability is crucial to plants. Some need more than others. How much water is collected in your yard is very important when choosing a tree species.
4. How big do you want your tree?
- Miniature, Small, Medium, Large, or Extra Large
5. How much space do you have available for your tree.
6. How close to your house, road, or sidewalks will this tree be?
- If it is going to be close to the road you might want something that grows slower or smaller so that it does not have to be trimmed constantly. If this tree is going to be close to your house you do not want a tree with roots that will ruin sidewalks or your homes foundation.
7. What shape do you want your tree?
- Believe it or not, trees come in many different shapes. Do you like a round full tree or a tree that is shaped like a pyramid? This is where you get to be creative.
8. Do you want your tree to have big beautiful flowers?
9. Do you want to provide you with fruit? If so what kind?
- Certain fruit will only grow under certain conditions so do lots of research if this is your choice. Fruit trees are often times hybrids so they require lots of care to keep pests from ruining your bounty.
10. What color would you like your tree during the different parts of the year?
- Trees are not just green and brown, they come in a variety of shapes and colors. It is almost like home decor. There really is a style out there for just about everyone.
Now that you answered the questions above, what do you do?
I could go on for days about the options you could pick for Ohio based on the information with those questions. That is my area of expertise. I inventory trees in the Urban Environment. Unfortunately most of the people that are reading this don't live in Ohio.
So where do you go next?
Once you compile all of your wants and desires into the perfect tree, take those wants and desires to your local green house. They are the experts for what works in your area and they will be able to give you the best guidance, especially with all of those questions thought about in advance.
If you can, choose a nursery that specializes in native plants. If you are not fortunate enough to have a nursery within driving distance and getting your trees from a big box store or something similar, don't fret. You can hop on the internet and search for your states department of natural resources. There should be guides on the native species of tree you already have growing in your state, along with a little other information about local ecology that you may not have been aware off. If you need help finding these feel free to contact me through my profile page.
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