Posted on Wednesday 12/22
The Basics of Tree Types from your Online Nursery Expert
To tree or not to tree, that is the question. The real question is which tree to plant. Choosing the right tree or trees for your landscape begins with a basic understanding of the types of trees that are available. The first question to ask yourself is, what do I want from my tree? Although trees are available in a multitude of varieties. For this article, we will look at four categories: Evergreen, Native, Shade and Flowering trees.
Evergreens are true to their name in that they typically stay green year around. They come in many different varieties. If your needs include privacy. Evergreens grow quickly and provide a nice barrier that not only provides visual privacy but can help with unwanted sounds as well. The same qualities of the evergreen that provide for privacy also function as windbreaks and can make a real difference in deflecting strong currents. The Canadian Hemlock is an excellent choice.
If you are looking to create the organic look and have some nice trees to boot, you will want to plant trees that are native to your area. Taking a few moments to educate yourself about the trees that are indigenousness to your community can be extremely rewarding. Children often enjoy this activity and benefit from the learning experience. A trip to the library or a few minutes spent with some online research will soon have you identifying trees that already choose to live in your neighborhood.
As temperatures heat up, there is nothing more inviting than a nice shade tree. If you enjoy creating an atmosphere for pleasant outdoor experiences, a tree with a nice billowing canopy is your best choice. In addition to the simple beauty that trees bring to your surroundings, the well placed shade can help reduce energy costs, specifically those costs that are related to cooling your home. Trees planted on the south side of your house help decrease radiant heat transferred form the exterior walls of your home by helping block rays from the sun. A large variety of shade trees are available. The Red Maple is a long-running favorite.
Beyond shade, flowering trees allow you the most versatility in creating a panacea of color. Like an artist weaving a tapestry, or brushing an array of hues onto a canvas, the varieties of color available in flowering trees allows your creations to be unlimited. Pink Flowering Dogwoods and White Yoshino Cherry Trees are two favorites.
Other Tips for Choosing the Right Tree for Your Landscape Design
If you enjoy the do it yourself approach, then you may want to determine your climate zone and follow suggested times and planting instructions. Otherwise, a shovel and a suitable digging tool will get you started. If sticking with a design is more your forte, most areas have landscapers readily available. Be sure to ask for references and to remember, it is your design. So what are we waiting for, let's get started and create some perennial beauty by planting trees!