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Need Trees on Your Land? A Few Things to Consider

By AK Timber in Tree Care

If you are looking to plant a tree – or more than one tree – in your yard this year, there are a few things you want to consider when it comes to the types of trees that you can plant. We truly believe that trees are the most important parts of your yards, whether you have a large yard that can have multiple trees or you have a small yard that only has room for something small. Trees make yards more beautiful, cleaner, and a place where you want to spend time.

Confused about which tree to choose? Here are some things to think about:

5. You can get some shade

  • Shade keeps your home warmer in the winter
  • Shade keeps your tree cooler in the summer
  • Shade trees work best on large properties

One of the most popular options, especially for larger yards, is a shade tree. Some of the most popular shade trees include the paper birch, weeping willow, river birch, red maple, tulip poplar, bald cypress, dawn redwood and American sycamore.

These trees tend to have bigger trunks, roots, and a larger spread over the yard to provide shade. According to Arbor Day, using shade trees will not only help with temperature control, it will help with your heating and cooling costs as well. Make sure that the tree is properly positioned on your lawn to give you the most impact, but also to keep you safe.

4. You may want some privacy

  • Perfect for nosy neighbors
  • Increase security for your home
  • Can also be shade or decorative trees

Do you have neighbors that like to peer over into your yard? Want to give your children a place to ply where you don’t have to worry about everyone watching them? Privacy trees, like evergreen trees, some deciduous trees, and semi-evergreens, can help you to secure your yard and make it more private.

These trees tend to be the ones that don’t lose their needles at any point, keeping your yard private all year round. Note that while people can’t see into your home, you also won’t be able to see out of it. This can cause some security problems in some places, though in most places it will keep you safer. For the most security, you won’t just be able to plant one tree, you will have to plant several.

According to Fast Growing Trees, “When planting it is also a good idea to place your trees at least 10-15 feet away from your home or foundation. You will also want to stay at least 4-5 ft. away from patios, fences, and other structures. Remember if you are planting underneath a utility line you will want to select a short tree that will not reach more than 25 ft. high.”

3. You just want something to look at

  • Beautiful trees are often delicate
  • Require more work
  • May only be pretty during certain seasons

When you plant trees like a Japanese maple, Chinese magnolia, sugar maple, northern red oak, bald cypress, royal poinciana, or wisteria trees, you often want a tree that is absolutely beautiful. There are some trees that are beautiful during the spring and early summer (most common), but there are also trees that are most beautiful when they change colors in the fall, or even some that keep beautiful berries into the winter months. HGTV has a list of some of the flowering trees that remain beautiful all year long, if you are looking for something that always stays gorgeous.

Flowering trees are a bit more work, especially when the flowers fall and stain the concrete. You have to be careful and diligent in cleaning up your mess.

No matter what, it is important to talk to a professional or do some of your own research to see which trees will work for you and your home.

2. Get some fruit

  • Require a lot of work compared to other trees
  • Need sun and plenty of water
  • Might require the use of chemicals

Many people want to get something from their trees in return for all of the work that they do. Fruit trees do just that, if you are diligent and take care of them properly. From watering schedules to chemical use to ward off pests, fruit trees require a lot of care. If you are willing to do that, you can reap the rewards.

Chemicals often tend to be the sticking point. Some of the ones that people know are illegal and cannot be used in your yard. Even the ones that can be purchased may hurt the other plant life in your yard, according to Dave Wilson Nurseries.

Some of the most popular fruit bearing trees you can plant include apple trees, fig trees, lemon trees, avocado trees, mulberry trees, and olive trees.

1. Shrubs = Small Spaces

  • Easier to take care of in all climates
  • Better for people who don’t have time
  • Fit great in yards of all sizes

For people who don’t have a lot of time to handle trees, or for people who don’t have a lot of room, shrubs are the best option for your yard. Shrubs are beautiful and (mostly) easy to take care of – and can do all of the above, though on a smaller scale.

According to Bob Vila, “that like most ornamental plants, shrubbery requires well-draining soil,” which means that you might have some work to do upfront, but you will have less work to do overall.

No matter what type of tree or shrub you want to plant, you want to contact a professional before you do any type of planting. This will help you get off on the right foot with your trees. Contact AK Timber Services for all of your tree care needs – we can help you at any stage of the tree process, from planting and taking care of your tree to pruning and cutting it down. Call us today at (360) 635-1076 for all of your tree care needs – we offer free estimates.

Header photo courtesy of Dave on Flickr!