How to Choose the Right Tree for Your Property

July 9, 2018

So, you’ve finally realized that empty space in your yard needs some sprucing up, or maybe you want to do something about that ongoing privacy issue with your neighbors. Instead of building a structure, why not plant a tree? Trees make great additions to landscapes, but selecting the perfect one can be difficult, mostly because there are hundreds of varieties and types of trees. Let’s see what an experienced tree service in Columbus, OH has to say! Here are a few things to consider when choosing a tree to plant on your property.

Height of the tree

Don’t just go to the plant nursery and buy the prettiest tree on the lot. While appearance is probably important to you, you also need to consider the new tree’s growth potential—how tall will it grow to be? Start by walking over to the spot where you want to plant the tree and look up. Is there anything in the way, like overhead power lines or buildings? Are there other trees nearby that could impede the growth of the new tree?

Once you are sure there are no issues with the spot, consider how tall the tree will grow and try envisioning what it’s going to look like at its full size. Some trees have narrow trunks and wide canopies, while others have thick trunks and narrow canopies, or are full of branches from top to bottom. Keep in mind that larger or bushier trees may grow to block your view, which you may or may not want.

Width of the tree

The width of a tree at its full growth potential is another important consideration. For this reason, make sure to read the any labels carefully. That cute little three-foot tall tree could potentially grow another 30 feet or more! Plant a super-wide evergreen tree in the front yard and soon nobody will be able to see your house from the street. Read tags, do thorough research and take your time choosing a tree.

The canopy

Another factor to keep in mind is the canopy. What will it be like? The canopy is defined as the layer of leaves and branches that cover the ground below and around it when viewed from above. The size and thickness of the canopy dictates the amount of shade you’ll get and may determine whether other trees can be planted nearby. Be wary of planting large canopy trees near buildings or structures.

Care and maintenance

Whether a shade tree, fruit tree or ornamental tree, find out how much maintenance the tree requires and how much debris it drops (fruit, leaves, pollen). Aside from occasional pruning, many larger or taller trees won’t need much attention once they reach their full growth potential, but they might need regular care and maintenance when they’re younger. Talk to a plant nursery associate or a professional tree service company or arborist for detailed information about the tree you want to plant.

For regular, annual or seasonal tree service in Columbus, OH, call J.D. Tree Service. We also offer tree planting services!

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