Trees offer social, environmental, and economic benefits throughout their lifetime. But not all trees are equally well-suited for every planting site or in every climate. Tree selection and placement are two of the most important decisions a homeowner makes when landscaping a new home. Many trees have the potential to outlive those who plant them, so the impact of this decision can last a lifetime. Matching the right tree to your home benefits both the tree and the homeowner.

Here are three important considerations you will want to keep in mind:

Your Goals

As mentioned above, when planting trees there is usually a goal or a need in mind. It is important to fully flesh this thought out. For example, are you planting a tree to block wind from your home, to provide shade for your family get-togethers, or are you simply planting for aesthetic reasons? All are viable reasons, and there are plenty of choices to fulfill your needs.

For wind reduction, Spartan Junipers and Skip Laurels are just two of the many trees that can help to reduce wind near your home. For shade on those hot summer days, the American Sycamore and the Sawtooth Oak Tree will ensure your property is full of shade. Finally, if you are looking to bring elegance and beauty to your yard, explore a flowering tree option like the ones mentioned above.

Your Commitment to Maintenance

Trees are by no means a short-term decision, and if the wrong one is planted, it can lead to a lifetime of frustration. It is important to think about how much maintenance you are willing to keep up with. If that decision is minimal, it may be best to look into pine trees, such as a Thuja Green Giant or a Baby Blue Spruce. If there is no maintenance budget, you could go all out and look into flowering or fruit-bearing trees. For example, the White Flowering Dogwood and the Dynamite Crape Myrtle are breathtaking options for flowering trees. As for fruit-bearing trees, a Meyer Lemon Tree and the Honeycrisp Apple Tree are both beautiful and functional options.

Property Conditions and Climate

Your property conditions and the climate you live in should be a major consideration when choosing trees for your yard. Certain trees thrive in different climates. If you are in a dry climate, for example, you may need to explore trees like the Drought Tolerant Evergreen. On the flip side, if you are in a humid climate, an Acacia might be a better choice. The conditions of your yard should also impact your decision. If you have a wet yard or a spring on your property, a Weeping Willow might be a good fit.

Your outdoor space is an extension of your dream home, so it is important to put thought into your choices. I hope this puts you well on your way to finding the perfect trees for your property.

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