Tips For Adding A New Tree To Your Landscape

Adding trees to your landscape provides beauty, shade, and a habitat for visiting song birds. It's not as simple as just purchasing a tree and sticking it in the ground, though. The following tips will help choose a planting location along with the right type of tree so your choice is something you can enjoy, not something that will result in problems.

Tip #1: Check Your Utilities

Begin by calling your local utilities company. They will come out and mark the location of any underground pipes or lines. While it is obvious that you don't want to dig where lines are, you also don't want to plant a tree with a large root system near your sewer line since it may end up clogging it. When selecting a location, make sure it is an area that is free of both underground utilities and overhead electric lines.

Tip #2: Map Your Yard

Get out a piece of graph paper and draw a rough sketch of your yard. Make sure to mark the location of other plants, like your vegetable garden or other landscape trees and shrubs. This is also a good time to check the sunlight requirements for other permanent species of plants in your yard. Your goal is to find a location for the new tree that won't shade areas that need full sunlight – like the aforementioned vegetable garden.

Tip #3: Choose Your Features

There should be key features you are looking for in a new tree. The first features will be mature size – do you want a tall shade tree or a short ornamental tree? Once this is decided, further narrow it down by considering the following options:

  • Deciduous or evergreen

  • Flowering

  • Fruit bearing – either edible or for the wildlife

  • Fall mess level

  • Fall color

  • Pruning needs

  • Disease or pest susceptibility

For example, if you are worried about disease problems, it is probably best to get a tree native to your area. If you prefer not to rake all fall, an evergreen may be a better choice – or at least a tree with minimal leaf drop and no fall berries.

Tip #4: Get Help

Consulting with a tree company is a good option if this is your first time choosing and planting, or if you just need a little help with the process. They can help you select a tree that grows well in your area, since they spend their days working on many different trees. Some tree companies even help with the initial planting and pruning, so you can be sure that the new landscape addition is off to a healthy start. Contact a business, such as Pioneer Tree & Landscape, Inc., for more information.