Planting trees is not something that everyone thinks of as being part of a garden design, but it should be. Not only do trees provide you with even more beauty, color and texture for your yard and garden, but they also provide your home with shade from the sun during the summer, they provide a wonderful gathering place for backyard barbecues, and they help keep the air around your home cleaner too.
Plant a Small Tree
Like bushes and shrubs, trees can be purchased when they’re still quite small. Because of this, it’s very important to know what kind of tree you’ll be buying, how tall it will be once it’s fully matured, and how far it will spread at maturity too.
A tree’s spread is how far in either direction the branches extend at full growth. If a tree has a spread of fifteen feet for instance, this means it will be about fifteen feet at it’s widest point once it is fully mature. This is an important thing to note about trees before planting them, particularly if you live in a city or urban area.
Think Ahead to Where It is Planted
When trees grow up, if they’ve been placed in the wrong areas they can cause dangers and problems you may not have considered when they were still young and small. The primary problem people run into with planting trees is overhead power lines. If you plant a tree directly beneath a powerline, you will find yourself or the power company constantly trimming it to keep it from touching those power lines.
Knowing how large your tree will grow before you plant it though, will allow you to select the best location for it. You don’t want to put a tree near a powerline if it will eventually be twenty-five feet tall with a spread of fifteen feet for instance. You may however, like to put that one on the west side of your home – at least twenty feet or more away from any utility lines – because it will be an excellent source of shade and energy savings for your home during the hottest months of summer.
There are plenty of smaller, and dwarf trees which can be planted under or near utility lines of course, so knowing the full grown size is important when making your tree selections.
Remember The Beauty It Will Become
You’ll also want to find out what the tree looks like at different times of the year. Some trees produce beautiful flowers in some seasons for instance, but if your gardens are designed to be red and white, you might not want to have a tree which produces yellow flower blooms.
Trees also come with a wide variety of leaves and barks. Some trees look extremely interesting in the winter time even though they don’t have leaves on the branches, simply because they have an unusual type of bark. Some tree barks will actually change color during the seasons like leaves do too.
The Final Product
So carefully select the types of trees you will plant and the locations they will live in, and you will be pleasantly surprised at how finished they make your lawn and garden look in the end. Clemson Univ. has put out a great pdf to explain ‘Show me your root flare!‘
This video will show you the proper way to transfer a potted tree to your ideal location.