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Important Things to Know Before Planting a Tree

A Vital Guide to Planting Trees Around Your Home

We all love trees, the shade they give, the strong presence they create, and the life they provide for us. Trees lower stress, grant us oxygen, and accentuate our lives as well as our homes. When you plant trees around your property, you're inviting living, breathing, growing organisms into your space. It'll hopefully be here a while, so instead of running off and buying the first trees you see, it's important to do a bit of research. Understanding your soil conditions, space and size limitations, and information about the tree species you want will help your tree prosper for years. We've put together some pointers and aspects to consider before you plant your tree. If you ever need a professional opinion, feel free to give us a call. We love helping our community plant trees with safety and longevity in mind.

Measure Your Planting Area

The first and most obvious step in your plan is measuring your space. How much space do you have to work with, both in the soil and the area above ground? Trees vary significantly in size, and planting the appropriate tree in your yard is important. If you have limited space, you could ruin your property by planting an oak tree. Similarly, if you have a wide-open space and want to fill it, you may regret planting a tree that stops growing at 15 feet. Always consider the mature size of your tree before selecting one. Don't only consider the leaves, color, and style. It's also crucial to check for overhead powerlines and underground utility lines and pipes. Contact your utility company or a utility locator service to make sure you won't accidentally strike a water pipe when digging.

Inspect Your Soil Quality and Type

The U.S. is home to many different types of soil. Most trees need fertile, clammy soil to grow. However, different trees enjoy different types of soil. Make sure your property's soil matches the type your tree desires. The next step is to figure out where the best soil on your property is. Depending on where you live, you may have clay deposits or sandy soil that can prevent healthy tree growth. You also may have a part of your yard that sits lower than the rest, which can collect floodwater. You may not even know that you have old stumps buried under your yard. Check the condition and feed your soil properly prior to planting your new tree.

Safety is Important

Always consider safety when planting your tree. This includes the aforementioned aspects of avoiding overhead powerlines and underground water lines, but trees can surprise you in more ways. A large tree planted close to your home is nice until it provides a simple path for critters like raccoons and squirrels to access your home. You also should worry about storms knocking down heavy branches that can fall on your home, cars, and family members. Additionally, consider how many acorns you want to pick up every year, or how large other nuts are when falling from your tree. Walnuts hurt when falling from 20 feet.

Where is the Sun?

This sounds like a silly question – but it's important. You need to determine the amount of sun exposure your tree will receive and how light will affect your property. Plants need sunlight to live, but you also need to consider how much shade you want to provide on your property. Consider where the sun hits your home in the morning, afternoon, and dusk. Would planting a tree in the place you selected interrupt your view of beautiful sunsets? Or are you looking to create some more privacy? It's also a good idea to consider wet areas around your property, as some trees don't thrive with excess moisture. Finally, you should strive to be a good neighbor when making your selection. Recognize that some trees can drop nuts or seeds that can impact your neighbor's yard or block their view.

What Impact Do You Want to Make?

With proper care, a tree will most likely outlive you. Planting a tree in the earth creates a legacy that can span lifetimes. A tree cleans the air and soil for decades and provides for the ecosystem. Trees give homes to birds and critters around your yard. Imagine how many summers can be spent relaxing under the shade of your favorite backyard tree. Make sure you consider all these aspects when enjoying the process of planting your new tree. If you have any questions or need a professional opinion, give us a call.