Adding Trees To Your Garden: Three Things To Consider Before Planting
The right tree can prove to be an enormous asset to your garden. With spring fading and summer fast approaching, it is the perfect time to be designing your garden. A well-designed garden can add valuable curb appeal to your home, driving up its resale value in addition to a host of other benefits. Another major benefit: trees expel oxygen and take in carbon dioxide (CO2), a greenhouse gas that is responsible in part for the growing imbalance in the Earth’s temperature regulation. When the idea of adding trees comes up, homeowners often wonder how they can add a large growth to their outdoor space. However, there are various different types of trees suitable for different landscapes and all providing different benefits to your garden and your home. The key lies in the effective positioning to make the most of its benefits. Check out these handy considerations for positioning your trees when planting and what they can add to your garden.
Consider your space
A key part of choosing the right spot is to incorporate your specific space into the process when choosing the type of trees. No two gardens are the same or have the same layout. If you are worried about large towering trees overwhelming the free space in your garden then trees such as the Japanese Maple Tree are great. Planting these slow-growing trees means you will not have to worry about overcrowding for a while. You may also consider the spots in your garden where ample sunlight hits. These are great planting spots since they encourage the photosynthesis process, where oxygen is created.
Consider the safety implications
Safety concerns here go beyond obstruction of pathways or visibility, although those are certainly two aspects to keep in mind. When thinking of the best positioning for your trees, always keep in mind how big the tree can get once fully grown. Proximity to your home should be considered in the event of natural events and the damage that can occur from a tree falling. Coastal states such as Florida and Texas are more vulnerable to natural hazards occurrences, while thunderstorms are common in cities such as Atlanta. If you do encounter a fallen tree, assess the damage to your property and surroundings including your home, fencing and any other items within reachable distance. Be sure to document everything for your insurance company and to inquire about the chosen removal company’s liability insurance before choosing a removal service after an emergency.
Proximity to electrical wires and the dangers of tree removal should always be kept in mind. This is why it is best to leave it to the professionals, who possess the right equipment and protective gear. The roots of a tree can also expand up to three times its height so consider the trees’ water intake and type of soil before deciding on the proximity to your home. Your roof and gutters may also sustain damage as the tree grows so getting the distance right is essential. The crown density and spread will play a large part in this when choosing your plants for your garden.
Consider the accessibility
A part of planting trees is the upkeep meaning the pruning, mulching, and removal of weeds. To do this, the tree should be positioned in a place that is easily accessible to you. If you have chosen a smaller tree then pruning would be done less often. Generally, pruning in the winter months is thought to be the best time while summertime pruning is done mainly to control and direct the growth of the tree (a key strategy in when planting close to your home or other buildings). Plants such as the Japanese Maple can be pruned year round while others such as the Prunus sp is best trimmed between April and July. Mulching is done to stop weed growth and insulates the soil while retaining water. Be sure to use natural mulch such as wood chips and keep it from touching the trunk of the tree.
The best approach to ideal treescaping is to think long-term; envision your tree in the years to come. Often, we make the mistake of planting young trees without thinking of the reach of its roots or branches 10 years from now. With the proper positioning, you can reap the best benefits of adding greenery to your garden.
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