Planting the Right Tree in the Right Place

Planting urban trees begins with careful planning and consideration . A little forethought and a simple layout plan can produce a landscape that will cool your home in summer and keep out the winter winds. Your yard should contain trees that grow well in the soil and moisture of your area. Trees need to be properly placed to avoid collisions with power lines and buildings, and the aesthetics will increase your property value. And of course call “811” before you dig to locate utilities or lines underground.

A good landscaping plan looks at these areas:

Height. Will the tree bump into anything when it is fully grown?

Canopy spread. How wide will the tree grow? Is the tree deciduous or evergreen? (Will it lose its leaves in the winter?)

Form or shape. A columnar tree will grow in less space. Round and V-Shaped species provide the most shade.

Growth rate. How long will it take for your tree to reach its full height? Slow growing species typically live longer than fast growing species.

Soil, sun, and moisture requirements.

Fruit. No one wants messy droppings on busy sidewalks, so you’ll need to make a plan to harvest properly.

Hardiness. Zones indicate the temperature extremes in which a tree can be expected to grow.


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