Arbor day is right around the corner. Remember that planting near power and other utility lines should account for both the mature height of the tree and the spread of the limbs.
A healthy community forest begins with careful planning. With a little research and a simple layout, you can produce a landscape that will cool your home in summer and tame the winter winds. Your well-planned yard will contain trees that grow well in the soil and moisture of your neighborhood. Your trees will be properly placed to avoid collisions with power lines and buildings, and the aesthetics will increase your property value.
A proper landscape plan takes each tree into consideration:
- Height. Will the tree bump into anything when it is fully grown? [sizing guide]
- Canopy spread. How wide will the tree grow?
- Is the tree deciduous or coniferous? (Will it lose its leaves in the winter?)
- Form or shape. A columnar tree will grow in less space. Round and V-Shaped species provide the most shade. [shape guide]
- Growth rate. How long will it take for your tree to reach its full height? Slow growing species typically live longer than fast growing species.
- Soil, sun, and moisture requirements.
- Fruit. Fruit trees are beautiful, but they are messy, too. Consider where their droppings will fall.
- Hardiness Zone. The Plant Hardiness Zones divide the United States based on lowest average temperature. Suitable hardiness means a plant is expected to grow in the zone's temperature extremes. Contact your community's tree board, forestry department or a local county cooperative extension agent for a list of trees suitable for planting in specific hardiness zones. (Arborday.org hardiness zones lookup.)
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