Across the globe, experts estimate that there are approximately 60,065 tree species. From those that are large, to tropical palm trees, to those that produce fruits such as lemons and apples, there is no shortage of options for your front or backyard. However, if you are looking to keep your outdoor area beautiful by adding a tree or two, there are some simple guidelines to follow. Whether you already have trees in your yard, or are looking to plant a new one, a little bit of research and effort can save you time and money down the road. Learn more about the four essential strategies to follow when looking to manage trees in your garden or outdoor living space.
Remove any trees that could cause damage to your patio/outdoor area
Between strong storms and large roots, trees have the ability to cause thousands of dollars in damage. If you currently have a tree planted in your yard that could result in major damage, seeking a company that provides an emergency tree service is an important first step. How can you tell if you have a tree that could cause problems? Survey the outside of your home for any obvious signs. Is a nearby driveway or patio starting to crack and rise up? Have large branches come loose? If you are still unsure if you have a tree that could cause a problem, hire an expert to assess your property.
Obtain permission to plant new trees from your homeowner’s association
If you live in a neighborhood that is under the governance of a homeowner’s association (HOA), it is crucial to obtain permission from the organization before planting new trees. Often times, HOA bylaws stipulate where you can plant on your property, what you can plant, and how many trees you can have. When this is the case, be sure to submit your request in writing. Also, once you have received written permission, keep the letter that has been sent to you for your records (in case any dispute arises).
Choose an optimal planting location
Once you’ve selected your new tree, it is time to choose where you will plant it. Most trees are accompanied by information tags that explain how much sunlight the tree should receive each day. After observing where your property experiences sunlight at various times, you can make an educated decision as to where you should plant the tree. If your tree did not come with a tag that included this information, be sure to contact a local gardening expert.
Take the time to properly plant your tree and care for it
Planting a tree requires more than just a simple shovel. When the day has arrived to actually add your new tree, ensure that you have all the tools needed to plant it properly. Equipment such as rototillers, tree spades, and dibbles are often needed to successfully complete the job.While some trees come with planting instructions, don’t hesitate to reach out to the professionals who sold you the tree. After planting has occurred, be sure that you are delivering proper care to the tree (as recommended for the unique variety you have chosen).
Trees have the ability to liven up any garden or outdoor living space. However, as you look to plant a tree on your property, be sure to follow the steps above for the best results.