A Guide to Planting Trees

A great way of enhancing the attractiveness and beauty of a landscape and attractive wildlife is through planting of trees. The type of trees to plant and the time to plant should be considered before you decide to start the planting. It is advisable to first do research on the best trees for your landscape before you go the nursery to purchase the planting materials. These factors include the adaptability of the trees to the landscape, their size and the function of the trees.

Tree indigenous to a landscape do better because they are adapted to the conditions of the landscape. Being native to a landscape makes the trees do well in the soil, water conditions, light and temperature of the landscape. Native trees provide support to a wider range of wildlife such as bees, butterflies, birds and mammals than non – native trees would. The local heritage and landscape are also carried on by planting native trees. Only tough trees that are adaptable can do well in Utah because the climate here is arid and the winters are cold. This however does not mean that only trees native to Utah can do well here. Trees from other regions of the world that are arid or dry do very well in Utah.

The function you intend for the trees should also guide your choice. Trees are used for different functions such as conserving water, blocking views that are undesirable, blocking noise, controlling soil erosion, and attraction of birds and insects such as bees and butterflies. To block undesirable views and block noise, the best trees to plant are those that grow thick and dense tree cover while those that grow low provide the best option for controlling soil erosion.
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It is also advisable to consider how the tree you plant will fit and be positioned in your garden. How you intend to position your tree and the size of your garden should determine the kind of tree you choose to plant. Planting a tree that is not well positioned or does not fit in your garden may result in blocking of your house, drainage or a view that is desirable. The trees should also not be too close to buildings or power lines, especially if they grow to big heights which would cause problems in the future.
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When choosing trees to plant, consider the seasonal changes in the trees. Bear in mind how the foliage, bloom and seed head display of the trees will be during the spring, summer and fall. Spread the trees according to their different seasonal timings so that there will be no part of the landscape that looks bare during the changing seasons.