A landscape is not complete without trees as they play an integral role in landscape design. Trees can provide many uses: privacy, shade, aesthetics, and more. When choosing a tree there are some factors to be aware of in order to make the right choice. Trees can last for generations, so it important to make the right decisions from the beginning in order to avoid any issues in the future.
A necessary first step is to decide what the purpose of the tree will be as different factors come in to play. If you are looking for shade it will be better to get a fast growing tree that will be able to spring up quickly. Fast growing trees tend to be smaller and made of soft wood; therefore do not live as long. Slow growers tend to be larger trees with hardwood; meaning they will live longer. A rule to tree landscaping is make sure the trees are scaled to the rest of the landscape and surroundings. For example, use small to medium trees if they are being placed near a small house.
Deciduous or Evergreen
Another choice to make is how you would like your tree to look throughout the seasons. Trees and shrubs are either deciduous or evergreen. Deciduous trees lose their leaves in the fall and remain bare throughout the winter but also provide beautiful color changes throughout the seasons. Evergreen trees keep their foliage year-round.
With tree landscaping, it is vital to know what the tree requires for survival. Different kinds of trees will thrive in different environments. Cold climates can be rough but some trees will handle it better than other so make sure to check the zone ratings of the tree. Soil is another factor. Most trees tend to thrive in moist, woodsy soil that is acidic while other trees are better off in an alkaline soil that is drier.
Trees also come with liabilities and maintenance that should be accounted for when creating a landscape design. For example some trees may have thorns and could become a danger to children. Other trees can be messy, dropping: twigs, fruits, sweet gum balls (spiked balls), and more. These can create hazards and require extra maintenance. Although if they’re planted in certain areas these faults may be overlooked. Plan on where you put the tree and anticipate how it will grow. Trees planted next to a house or power lines can issues further down the road.
Consult Evergreen Gene’s
Talking to the experts at Evergreen Gene’s will help cater to your specific needs in your landscape design. An expert opinion will assist you in making the right choice, saving you from issues in the future.
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