8 Tips for Using Trees in Your Landscaping Design

Trees add a great deal to any property. Trees create green and restful space. They act as a windbreaker and help make it easier to keep a home cool in the summer. When using trees on any property, it is best to follow a few careful steps. Doing so will make full use of their best qualities and create a pleasing, thoughtful and functional landscaping plan.

1- Types of Trees

Homeowners can find an incredible number of trees to pick from. Before buying trees, it’s helpful to know about such varied species and which ones will work best in any given property.

2- The Size of the Plantings

It’s a good idea to understand how large any trees will grow once they are planted. A homeowner can typically pick from many different sized trees. If planting a sapling, it is important to know how big the tree will eventually grow. Planting trees of the same size can create a uniform look that offers additional color and privacy.

3- How Much Sun

Sunlight varies depending on the time of the day. Anyone who is planting trees in their backyard should be aware of the amount of sun that each part of the property gets during the day. Some trees are fine with less sunlight while others may need lots more in order to thrive.

4- Good Soil

Soil is another crucial component of any backyard. Different trees are adapted to differing kinds of soil. Any homeowner should be aware of the kinds of soil present in their backyard. It is possible to add additional soil to support certain kinds of trees.

5- The Location of the House

Even a single tree can easily impact an entire home. For example, a large maple may tower over a small ranch house. Proper placement of the trees in regards to the existing home should be taken into full consideration. A tree should not be placed to close to the home, especially in areas that are prone to high winds and rain. Any placement needs to take into other parts of the tree such as the branches. The goal should be to make sure the branches are far enough away so they won’t fall on the house and possibly endanger the occupants.

6- Other Trees

In many instances, the homeowner already has existing trees or other plantings on the property. These plantings need to be fully integrated with the new trees. An older tree may have issues that may even make it necessary to dig up and replace them with new trees. All trees should be placed in regard to consideration with other trees on the property. A new tree should not overshadow the existing plantings and make it hard for that tree to thrive. The same is true of other greenery on the property. All bushes, flowers and other items will need to have the same consideration and care.

7- Water Features

Water features are another way to bring any property to life. A pool, waterfall or birdbath provides a cooling place to relax on a hot summer day. Trees can impact any water feature. For example, the trees may loom over the pool. They can also drop all sorts of material into the pool. In fall, piles of leaves may fall from the trees’ branches. They can easily clog up the pool’s cleaning system and make it hard to keep the water in shape for swimming. All trees placement should be carefully considered in relation to any kind of water feature in order to avoid impeding the function of that feature.

8- Local Zoning Codes

Zoning codes can also govern the placement of trees on any property. Some codes may prohibit placement of the trees too close to the road or too close to a neighbor’s house. It is crucial to be aware of such issues when deciding where and how to use trees on an existing property. Any trees should also be carefully placed against a neighbor’s property. Neighbors can legally object if a tree limb accidentally falls on their property and even sue if the tree causes any kind of serious property damage.

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