Choose the Right Tree Species for Your Landscape

The decision to plant a tree in your landscape is such a huge investment. You need to make a smart choice. With so many tree species available to choose from, the task of picking the right one can be daunting to any property owner. We’ll give you a step by step guide to help in choosing the right tree species for your landscape.

Why do you want to plant a tree?

First, understand the main goals of planting the tree in your landscape. This will help you to find a tree species that fits your needs. Do you want to plant a tree to provide better shade? Are you looking for a tree that will beautify the landscape with flowers or fruits? Do you love fall foliage? Are you looking for a wildlife habitat? As soon as you understand your goals of planting a tree, you should be ready to move on to the next step.

What limitations does your property pose?

There could be some constraints in your property that may prevent you from planting certain tree species. For instance, how much space do you have available to plant a tree? Are there any underground pipes, sewer lines, water or gas that may come in the way? Are there overhead power lines in your landscape? There are local ordinances that guide you on where trees can be planted in a landscape. Sometimes the tree planting may impact the neighbors in a negative way such as blocking their view. Ask an arborist Toronto to help you go through these factors so that you don’t spend a lot of money and time on activities like pruning to keep the tree small instead of choosing a species that works for your landscape environment.

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What tree features are you looking for?

There are certain traits of tree species that make them a perfect choice in residential areas. You need to consider what options are available and the traits that each one has then compare them to your needs and budget.

Determine the appropriate size

The tree you plant should be proportional to the size of your lot. If you plant huge shade trees on a small landscape, they will appear overwhelming and will not allow adequate light to enter into the house or garden. You may eventually have to consider tree removal Toronto. This may deprive some of the plants in your garden sunlight which they need to grow healthy. Another important consideration is whether the tree’s roots will damage the home’s foundations. The general rule of thumb is that, if a tree is likely to grow to 100 feet in height, it should be at least 30 feet from the home’s foundation, patio or pathways.

You can hire a tree service Toronto to plant small trees (typically 10 to 30 feet tall) in your landscape that act as a focal point in various areas in the property. However, bear in mind that small trees don’t provide enough shade. The larger trees are usually greater than 60 feet tall and take many years to mature. They are a great investment that actually boosts the value of your property.

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