Choosing trees to plant on your property sounds like a pretty easy job – right? In theory, yes! In practice, there may be a little more to it if you want to get a great result.
When it comes to selecting a tree to plant in your yard, the options can seem endless and it can be quite overwhelming. It’s important not to make a rash decision and just pick any old tree from your local nursery as it could end up being a big problem down the track. So how can you easily narrow down the choices? Here are our top 3 things to keep in mind when you’re choosing trees for your property.
First things first – size. It is imperative that you get the right sized tree for your space. You don’t want to have an enormous tree crammed into your tiny garden.
Take a look at where you intend on planting your new tree. What is the width of the space? How much height is available? Is there anything you need to be aware of such as any nearby buildings, powerlines, fences or other large trees and plants? How close is the area to your home or shed? Measure out the area the tree will have without restricting its growth. Once you know the size of the space you have available, you will be able to choose a suitable tree.
2. What Are Your Conditions?
Different trees like different conditions for optimal growth. Take a look at your planting site. How much light does it get? What type of soil do you have? How much natural moisture does the soil have? Is there good drainage? What is the temperature – is it very cold or hot? How much exposure to wind will the tree get? All of these things need to be considered when choosing your tree as different trees have different tolerance levels.
You need to choose a tree that is suited to your specific conditions. Some trees will need full sun, some will be okay in partial shade. Some trees thrive in sandy soil, others will not. If your garden’s conditions are compatible with the tree’s requirements you are far more likely to have a healthy, thriving tree long into the future.
3. What Do You Want From Your New Tree?
Have a think about what you’re trying to achieve by planting your new tree.
Are you wanting more shade? Are you wanting more privacy? Are you wanting a flowering or fruiting tree? Are you wanting a native tree that will help support bees and wildlife? Are you trying to create a wind block? Identifying your objectives will help you determine the type of tree that will suit your needs and you’ll be far happier with the result. Consider how much time you’re willing to spend tending to your tree. Some trees require more care than others, some need more water than others.
Choosing trees can be confusing. If you need help or advice, ask your local arborist for their expert opinion on what would work best for your space.
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