Select the right tree for each location

Selection of trees depends on the desired effect and the purpose trees will satisfy in the landscape. Will the attract birds to the area? Shade a patio? Screen an unsightly view? Enhance the view of the home? Identify an entrance or exit? Trees should provide contrast and relief from surrounding buildings and create seasonal interest in areas near the home.

What to consider when selecting a tree:

  • Hardiness (ability of the plant to survive extremes of winter cold and summer heat)
  • Mature height and spread.
  • Growth rate.
  • Cleanliness.
  • Type of root system
  • Moisture and fertilizer requirements.
  • Space available
  • Maintenance requirements.
  • Availability
  • Ornamental effects, such as branching habit, texture and color of bark, flower, fruit and foliage
  • Whether the tree is evergreen or deciduous.

You would want to contact a tree care professional to help you determine which tree species both performs well in your local area and is suited to your desired planting site. Arborists often have specific experience with plants that may or may not do well in the area. They would also be able to advise you on the susceptibility or resistance to environmental conditions such as:

  • Disease and insect problems that may limit you selections.
  • The prior use of the planting site.
  • Soil conditions, such as poor drainage
  • The presence or absence of channelized winds
  • The location of utilities both above and below ground because they are site conditions that dictate plant choice and locations.
  • The relationship of the plant to roads, walkways and security lighting. The best advice is to hire a tree care professional with the experience, expertise and equipment to safely plant any size of tree. At Acorn we believe in supporting our staff in their education to become knowledgeable so that they can help you through the process.

Our ISA Certified Arborists are not only proficient in the most current industry standards for tree planting, but are also quite knowledgeable regarding local soil conditions that often require specialized planting techniques to ensure the long-term success of your new tree.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact:

Kevin Hocker, ISA Certified Arborist WE-8039A

Member, American Society of Consulting Arborists

B.Sc., Environmental Horticulture and Urban Forestry

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