Finding the Right Trees to Plant
Proper tree care starts with choosing the right trees and planting them in the right
place. Trees are to be planted so that they last a lifetime, so it pays to
spend the time now making sure that you plant trees that will thrive.
Wrong Trees Planted in Wrong Places
This is a common mistake. Planting large trees under or near utility lines eventually
can lead to trees that are mutilated as they grow to full height and need to be
delimbed because of power lines. Planting large evergreens near your house on
the south side will block the warming winter sun. Not planting trees on the
north side of your house can leave you exposed to icy winter winds.
Making Better Choices
Before buying trees it is important to consider where you are planting and what might
work best in that situation. For example planting short, flowering trees will
not cause a problem with overhead utility lines. Planting large deciduous trees
on the south side of your home will provide cooling shade during the hot summer
months, without obstructing the low winter sun. Planting evergreens on the
north side of your house will block the cold winter winds.
Steps to making better choices:
Step #1—What is the purpose for planting the trees – Determine the reason you are planting new trees. For example, windbreak, aesthetics, shade, privacy, street tree, or energy reduction are all common reasons. The end goal will help you to decide what trees are suitable.
Step #2: What are your planting limitations
Height and Spread of the Mature Trees: For example, if there are
overhead wires this will limit the height of the mature tree, so you will have
to choose trees that are shorter at maturity.
Hardiness Zone: Where you live and the type of weather you
get plays a key role in how well your trees grow, so choose trees that are
designed for your area.
Sun Exposure: How much exposure to the sun in the area
you are planting will affect how your trees grow.
Soil Conditions: Some trees require a specific soil type to
grow, while others can grow in just about any type of soil. Determine what type
of soil you have in the area you plan to plant and then choose trees that will
do well in that soil type.