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Tricks For Adding Trees To Your Yard

By AK Timber in Tree Care

What does your dream backyard look like? Is it is sparsely filled? Does it have nothing to do? Or is it a lush wonderland with livable spaces and beautiful configurations of plant life and hardscaping? Over the years, it might have seemed like your dreams of a beautiful outdoor space have slipped away – but worry not, they haven’t.

You still have a chance to get that beautiful yard.

If you want to add a tree to your yard, you first have to think about the type of trees you want to add – something small and flowery to provide brightness to your yard or something tall and elegant that will make your home stand out. The options are up to you.

Before you think about planting a tree and even thinking about what type of tree you want to plant, you have to think about what function you want that tree to play in your yard. Do you want something that will require a lot of upkeep? Something that will thrive even if you don’t do anything to them. You also have to think about cost and work and upkeep – all crucial parts of being a tree owner.

Want to start dreaming that yard you’ve always dreamt of? Below are 4 landscape design choices to consider when adding a tree:

4. Take a peek out of the window

  • Security and safety are important
  • Remember that curb appeal matters as well
  • Must be one of the first things you think about

According to HGTV, one of the biggest landscaping mistakes you can make is to plant a tree before looking at it from all angles – including from the inside of your home. You want to look out of your window and determine what type of tree you’d like to see. Maybe you need to close your eyes to picture it or even put a little cut out you printed on your window.

We spend a lot of time looking out of our windows, so you need to enjoy that view.

Think about what you see from inside your home that you no longer want to see – people, places, cars, etc. Then think about what you absolutely need to see, like a playground where your kids go or your pool. You will want to make a note of these before you choose your tree. Remember that trees grow and even if you can see something now, you might not be able to in a few years.

3. Consider looking from above to get the best layout

  • Professional landscapers will be able to walk you through the process, if need be
  • Consider plants, sidewalks, water features, patios, and so much more – and of course your tree
  • Remember that you have to live in this space

When planting a tree, you have to realize that this tree will be part of the ecosystem of your yard – which means that you need to put it in a smart place. Most people just plant trees in one space and don’t think about how the roots, shade cover, and branches will impact other structures and life in the yard. Lifehacker suggests looking at your area from an aerial view to see where a tree will look the best. At the very least, this will give you a few ideas on where, when, and how to plant your tree.

Once you have it narrowed down, you can then take tape or chalk and mark out the area on the ground to get an even better view.

2. Trees impact your home’s value

  • Remember that trees do take some time to grow, so you want to give them that time
  • Curb appeal is a buzzword – but it really does make a different in selling your home
  • Do not go overboard with too many trees, or people will only see added cost

If you are thinking about selling your home into the future, the Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers has a basic suggestion: plant a tree or two. If you do this, you could be adding as much as $10,000 to your home’s value. Even better, you could (and should) be adding to the to the curb appeal, which means people will be more likely to get into a bidding war over your home, which could spell more money for you.

Once again, remember that trees take some time to grow so you need to plant them early into the future.

1. Bring the inside, outside

  • Use trees as part of your livable space
  • Conceal yourself from neighbors
  • Get your own space

According to Better Homes and Gardens: “If you don’t want to work on making your entire yard a private paradise, take one corner and transform it into a secluded getaway. A simple way to do this is to carefully place a couple of trees to form a pocket. Here, for example, two pines make a hammock feel tucked away. A redbud just behind the hammock enhances the effect.”

Many people don’t have outdoor spaces that they really enjoy spending time in for any number of reasons – bugs, sunburns, nosy neighbors, noisy neighbors, or just too much to do on the inside. By planting trees, you can make an outdoor space that is private and comfortable – one you want to spend time in. It might take some planning and forethought, but it is worth it.

No matter what type of trees, shrubs, or plant life you have, you want to keep them protected and cared for as much as possible. Your soil can only do so much to keep the water going to the roots, your tree can only do so much work on its own, and then you will need some help to back you up. 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 to watering. Call us today at (360) 635-1076 for all of your tree care needs – we offer free estimates.

Header photo courtesy of Sound_Gene on Flickr!