Turf Doctor Provides Tips On Choosing Trees For Your Yard
Choosing trees for your yard is an exciting task, but how do you choose?
Depending on where you live and what you want your backyard to look like, you have hundreds of different trees to choose from. They are all different colors, shapes, and sizes, so it can be an overwhelming choice.
So how do you decide which trees you are going to go with? When weighing your options, there are a few different aspects and qualities you should consider.
First of all, consider who is going to be in your backyard. Do you have small children or pets that may hurt themselves on a tree with thorny branches or one that drops prickly items? Will they eat fruit that falls from the tree when they shouldn’t? If this is the case, steer clear of fruit trees and trees with anything sharp, like sweet gum or chestnut trees.
Also, consider how tall you want the trees to be. Some will grow past thirty feet in the air, while others stay small and easier to maintain.
Lastly, consider how much shade you want or need. There are trees labelled as shade trees that can cover quite a bit of the yard from the sun. However, if you still want lots of sun, you’ll want a tree with less branch span.
Best Trees to Consider for Your Backyard
Now let’s take a look at a few of the best trees to consider for your backyard.
This tree most likely looks pretty familiar to you. The Sugar Maple is a gorgeous staple in North America and is loved by many.
This tree is considered to be both a shade tree and an ornamental tree. Basically, this means that the tree is used for its incredible beauty, and the vast amount of shade it can provide with its branches and leaves.
This tree should not be planted in a confined space, as it will grow to be enormous. It should also not be planted where salt is an issue in the ground.
Next up is the glorious Red Oaktree.
It is considered to be a national treasure and is known for its hardiness in urban areas, its gorgeous fall color, and its value to wildlife.
“One of the handsomest, cleanest, and stateliest trees in North America.”
Red Oak has a lot of interesting aspects to keep in mind if you want them in your backyard.
These trees grow very fast. A Red Oak will grow more than two feet a year for a decade. That is twenty feet in ten years, which is much faster than many other trees grow.
Just like the Sugar Maple trees, these trees provide gorgeous, vibrant colors in the fall. They will turn a bright red in autumn and light up your entire backyard.
These are also shade trees, like the Sugar Maple. So if you are looking for more shade in your backyard, this is an excellent choice.
‘Green Giant’ Arborvitae
One of the best trees to consider for your backyard is the ‘Green Giant,’ also known as the Arborvitae tree.
This is an evergreen tree that is extremely large and fast-growing. It can grow up to three feet a year until it is mature. It has an incredibly rich green color that lasts through all four seasons of the year, only darkening slightly in the winter.
If you want a plant that will serve as a privacy barrier between you and your neighbours, look no further. This tree is incredibly dense and tall, making it the perfect fence. On top of that, it is resistant to the wind once it is established, and can also withstand incredibly heavy snow or ice.
These trees require almost no pruning or tree care at all but can be easily sheared if necessary.
It is recommended that if you are planning a line of them, they should be spaced five to six feet apart to allow them to grow.
This tree has no serious pest or disease issues and is incredibly resistant to browsing by deer.
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