One of the most common tree care questions is: “Which kind of tree should I plant?” Before this question can be answered, a number of other factors need to be considered:
- Why is the tree being planted?
- What functions will it serve?
- Is a small, medium, or large tree best suited for the location and available space?
- Do overhead or below ground utilities preclude planting a large, growing tree — or any tree at all?
- What clearance is needed for sidewalks, patios, or driveways?
- What are the soil conditions? Is enough soil available of sufficient quality to support mature tree growth?
- How will necessary maintenance be provided? Will someone water, fertilize, and prune the tree as needed after planting?
Answering these and other questions can help you choose the “right tree for the right place.
Consulting with our certified arborists will help you find the perfect tree for your yard by helping answer these questions and narrowing your search for a tree that best fits those needs. The Arborist will also consider Site Conditions. Selecting a tree that will thrive in a given set of site conditions is the key to long-term tree survival and reduced maintenance. Consider the following when selecting a tree:
- soil conditions
- exposure (sun and wind)
- space constraints
- hardiness zone
- human activity
- insect and disease susceptibility
Please Consult an Arborist to help understand important issues in selecting a tree for planting, such as the tree’s intended function, location, common pests, geographic regions and hardiness zones, and considerations for best placement alternatives.
Tree selection and placement are two of the most important decisions a homeowner makes when landscaping a new home or replacing a tree. Many trees have the potential to outlive those who plant them, so the impact of this decision can last a lifetime. Matching the tree to the site benefits both the tree and the homeowner