Lessons Learned from Years with Trees

Lessons Learned from Years with Trees

The Best Trees for Your Yard A great way of enhancing the attractiveness and beauty of a landscape and attractive wildlife is through planting of trees. When choosing the kind of trees to plant and the time to plant them, many factors are considered. It is advisable to first do research on the best trees for your landscape before you go the nursery to purchase the planting materials. The function of the trees, adaptability to the landscape and their size are some of the things to consider before buying. It is recommended that you choose trees that are native to the landscape as they are more adaptable to the environment. Being native to a landscape makes the trees do well in the soil, water conditions, light and temperature of the landscape. Native trees provide support to a wider range of wildlife such as bees, butterflies, birds and mammals than non – native trees would. This is in addition to maintaining the heritage of the local landscape. Utah is arid and the winters are cold and only tough and adaptable trees can do well in Utah. However, trees that can thrive in Utah are not necessarily those native to Utah. Other regions of the world that share weather conditions with Utah have native trees that can do well in Utah. The trees you plant should also be guided by the intended function. The functions served by trees vary from water conservation, soil erosion control on steep landscapes, blocking of noise and views that are not desired and also for attracting birds, insects and mammals. To block undesirable views and block noise, the best trees to plant are those that grow thick and dense tree cover while those that grow low provide the best option for controlling soil erosion.
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The fit and positioning of the tree to the landscape should also be a consideration when planting trees. How you intend to position your tree and the size of your garden should determine the kind of tree you choose to plant. Incorrectly positioned trees or trees that are not a good fit for your garden may block your view, drainage or natural lighting to your home. The trees should also not be too close to buildings or power lines, especially if they grow to big heights which would cause problems in the future.
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The different seasons should also be considered when planting trees. In each tree group that you choose consider how their foliage, seed head display and bloom changes through spring, summer and fall. Spread the trees according to their different seasonal timings so that there will be no part of the landscape that looks bare during the changing seasons.