How To Choose A Tree For Your Yard
Choosing a tree for your yard is undeniably a long-term commitment, so choosing what species fits your wants and needs is a crucial decision. Some trees can become more and more beautiful as the years go by, while others may create more problems than you anticipated. One of the first steps in deciding what tree is best for you is answering the question of why you want it in the first place. Is the tree for shade and shelter? For curb appeal? Or, for privacy? Determining your “why” will get you one step closer to your decision. Let’s dive into how to find your perfect tree for your yard.
How To Choose A Tree For Your Yard
Why plant one?
First and foremost, let’s go over the general benefits of planting a tree in your yard. Whether you’ve just been told to plant one or still aren’t fully sold, these benefits may help you pull the trigger. According to the Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers, a mature tree can have an appraised value of between $1,000 and $10,000. Basically, the sooner you decide to plant that tree, the sooner your property value will start to increase. In fact, trees can increase property value by a whopping 15 to 20%. Additionally, trees that create adequate shade for your home can decrease your energy bills. Trees can help you save on both air conditioning and heating costs. Trees also have the amazing and unique ability to clean our air, decrease pollution, support wildlife, and overall boost our wellbeing.
Four things to consider
Loveyourlandscape.org mentions four things to consider when you’re in the market for a new tree. These four things include height, width, canopy, and debris. Once you decide where you’d like to plant your tree, walk over to that spot and look up. Is there anything that will block the growth of the tree (such as powerlines or other canopies)? You’ll also want to consider how the view will be impacted once the tree reaches its mature size. This is where the question of privacy comes in.
Is privacy a priority for you or do you want to keep an open-looking space? Some trees will have thinner trunks with fewer branches lower to the ground that will keep that expansiveness, while other trees will have thicker trunks with branches all the way down to the ground (giving you that privacy). Additionally, figuring out how large the canopy will grow is another important thing to consider. Again, you’ll want to check what’s nearby to ensure that it won’t grow into it.
When it comes to the debris from certain trees, they can vary greatly. Some trees will drop fruits, nuts, seeds, or other large and sharp objects. If cleaning up frequently or feeling like you’re walking on legos doesn’t sound appealing to you, you may want to search for a less messy and fragile tree.
Types of trees
There are five common types of trees for lawns: shade trees, ornamental trees, street trees, windbreak trees, and fruit trees. Shade trees will be dense with broad leaves, tall, rounded, and deciduous. Some popular options include Ash, Elm, Maple, and Sycamore. Ornamental trees are meant to be focal points of your lawn, so you don’t need many. Some examples include Crabapple, Dogwood, and Willow.
If you’re looking to plant on or near the street, well, you may want a street tree. These trees need to be strong and sturdy in order to handle traffic and pavement. You should ensure the tree you plant doesn’t create debris for cars and pedestrians. Some common examples include Elm, Oak, and Ironwood.
Windbreaks provide you with shelter against heavy winds and storms. Some windbreaks include Fir and Holly trees. Finally, fruit trees will provide you with fruits, of course. Although these trees are more high maintenance, many people feel that it’s worth it. Lemon, orange, and Cherry trees are among the most prevalent.
Choosing the perfect tree for your home
As you can see, choosing the right tree requires some planning and answering some questions. Figuring out your main reasons and priorities for planting a tree for your yard will get you well on your way to a beautiful mature tree sitting outside your window someday.
Additional Reading: Trees that Increase Property Value
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