How To Choose The Right Tree For Landscaping?

How to choose the right tree for landscaping? Knowing what you are looking for in a tree is key when choosing the right tree for your yard. When asked about how to choose the right tree for landscaping,...

When asked about how to choose the right tree for landscaping, our panel of top experts from Greenview Landscaping including Johanna who has been a landscape designer with the company since 2002, Ben who is a landscape design/build manager, and Tom who serves as the company's maintenance manager, says, "It all depends on what you are looking for. If you are wanting a shade tree, it's best to use a maple tree, oak tree, or some of the most popular shade trees in the area." Some other examples of good shade trees are the elm, the ash, the beech and the ever popular "weeping willow". Our panel says, "If you are looking for an ornamental tree, a tree that is going to flower and not get as large, you are probably looking for some variety of crabapple tree or perhaps the Japanese maple or magnolia tree, or maybe a pear, that sort of tree." Another choice that is still used frequently for aesthetic value is the evergreen. True to its name, it adds color to your landscaping design year around as well as being known as a quite hardy and low maintenance tree.


Now all of these "families" also contain within them different varieties such as the red maple and the sugar maple, the American beech and the European beech, the Flowering ash and the green ash, the star magnolia and the Sweetbay magnolia...the list could go on and on. It is best to do research on all the different types available because not all species can grow in every location. Some require special conditions and just would not be suitable for the area that you are living in.




As well as considering the climate of your area, the panel of experts that were consulted says that "it is important to pick the right plant for the right place to determine what kind of tree you can use." All of the other elements in the landscaping plan also have to be thought about. There are professional suggestions on everything from proper spacing of all the plants, shrubs and trees, to what should go next to what in order to have the most eye-pleasing and low maintenance design. This all depends on the room each individual planting needs in order to grow to its true potential, its root span and the amount of nutrients it needs, as well as many other factors that vary with different species.

Because of all these variables, consulting a professional landscaping company can be of great benefit. Not only do the landscapers have the skills to create the design that you want, they already have the knowledge about what types of trees provide the different qualities that you are looking for and which are appropriate for your area and conditions, as well as what can fit into the space that you have to work with. Even if you plan on cutting costs by doing most of the labor yourself, it doesn't hurt to have an expert on your side, just in case things get a little rocky.

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