Without a doubt, the world needs more trees. These giants of nature benefit us in many different ways.
So, if you have space, I urge you to pop along to somewhere like The Tree Center to find one that you can plant in or around your home. Doing so is a wonderful way to get closer to nature and leave a legacy for the next generation.
But, there are a few things you need to bear in mind when choosing your tree, or better still, your trees. Below is a summary of the most important of these considerations.
How much space do I have?
The first step is to work out where you want to plant your tree and identify how much space you have. If space is limited, do not worry because there are plenty of smaller varieties for you to use, instead.
This easy to follow guide explains the right way to measure out space. It explains how to plan for height spread and root growth. All of which are important considerations.
How will my tree impact on the neighborhood?
When working out how much space you have available it is important to consider the impact the tree is likely to have on neighboring properties. The last thing you want is to have to take you majestic shade tree down because it is blocking too much of your neighbor’s light.
Am I allowed to plant the variety I like in my area?
In some areas, the type of trees you can plant is regulated. For example, you may not be allowed to plant something that grows very tall in a residential garden. Other times the ban is in place because of disease or pest issues. Whatever the reason, be sure to follow the rules. They are in place for a reason and if you ignore them you will likely have to pay to have the tree taken down.
Can I afford to maintain this tree?
Initially, your tree will cost practically nothing to take care of. All you will need to do is to water it and maybe occasionally feed it. Later, when it is much bigger, things can get far more complicated. Most people can cope fine with having to rake up the leaves every week for a month or two if the year.
But, climbing a mature tree to cut back branches is not something most people can handle. It is potentially a very dangerous job and you will need access to heavy-duty tools to get the task done. In many cases, you will require the services of a tree-surgeon, every few years. It is important that you realize this and factor this in when deciding which type of tree to buy. Some varieties require more maintenance than others, especially over the long term. So, it is wise to ask the tree nursery you buy from about long-term maintenance.
The above are all important considerations. But, it is still wise to ask the company you buy your tree from for additional advice. Tell them where you are planning to plant it and ask them if it is suitable. The best firms will be more than happy to discuss this with you and give you advice that is tailored to you.