The Right Tree for the Right Place

Aug 25, 2017 9:00 AM ET
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The Right Tree for the Right Place

Trees offer so much to home landscapes and benefit homeowners and the communities they live in whether it’s shade, beauty, privacy, windbreak, or higher property values. But these benefits are only enjoyed when you plant the right tree in the right place.

One of the key factors that influence the health of a tree is ensuring that the proper species is planted in a proper location. Planting large trees in tight spaces, or trees that aren’t compatible for the region are detrimental to the health of a tree and can result in higher maintenance costs. Planting species that are native to your area is a safe way to ensure your trees will thrive.  

Watch Ask an Arborist: How do I Choose a Nursery Tree?

There are factors to consider before planting to help you determine where to plant your trees. Decide what function you want the tree to serve. The type of tree you select will vary depending on the purpose for planting. Once you know why you’re planting, select from species that serve that purpose well.  For example, large, deciduous trees are ideal for shade, evergreens work well as a privacy fence or a windbreak, and if you’re looking to add beauty to your yard flowering trees are great options.

Read Why It’s Important to Plant the Right Tree in the Right Place

Once you’ve figured out the purpose for planting scope out your yard for the best place to plant. Be cautious of nearby structures, underground work such as water mains or pipes, and houses nearby. Consider how tall the tree will grow when it reaches maturity; will the spot you’re planting in support the tree? Any space less than four feet wide is not suitable for trees, even small trees. So many trees are removed because they were the wrong tree in the wrong place. Proper planting can help avoid unnecessary tree conflicts down the road. Don’t plant large trees under utility lines, and don’t plant moisture-dependent species in dry areas. Diversity is important. Always plant more than one species of trees, filling your yard with the same species is problematic, especially if the species is prone to pests or disease.

Good tree care starts before planting your trees. Improperly planted trees are a headache and hazard. Read the Tree City Bulletin for more information on planting the right tree for the right place.