Planting trees is an effective way to improve your property, it can provide shade in summer, protection in the winter and create a natural private area whilst at the same time increasing your property values.
A tree is such a visible part of the landscape, therefore care must be taken to ensure proper growth conditions are maintained.
A tree is difficult and expensive to replace, once mature in the landscape, than most shrubs. However, with our advanced planning, trees too can be easily maintained.
First determine the type of tree appropriate for your property and your needs.
Climate and soil play big roles.
Matching tree to site is a key part of our selection process.
What is the size of the site on which your new tree or trees will be situated?
How big will that spindly three-foot sapling be in 30 or 40 years?
Is an oak or a willow, either very large when fully grown, the best tree for a small front lawn in a city?
On a large suburban lot, on the other hand, will a single small tree or bush be lost in a vast expanse of lawn?
We always consider the proximity to buildings, pathways, drives, streets, utility feeds (gas, electric and water) and septic systems.
Trees spread out both above and below ground and branch overhang and root growth can cause considerable damage and incur considerable expense if a tree is poorly situated.
We consider the planting location with respect to foundation, concrete and asphalt structures, and drainage structures.
Trees can play an important role in climate control.
Deciduous trees planted on the south, west and east perimeters of a lot will provide shade during the summer while allowing scarce sunlight through in the winter when leaves have fallen. Evergreens, on the other hand, planted on the north and west sides of a property, can reduce winter heating costs by serving as windbreaks.
Drainage is yet another issue to consider.
Young trees do best when planted in good-quality, well-drained loamy soil. Heavy clays in poorly-drained sites present particular problems as many species of trees including white firs, yellowwoods, beeches, red oaks and yews will not tolerate 'wet feet.'
In all cases, stagnant water pooling around roots can lead to 'root rot' caused by lack of available oxygen.
If required we can do a general test for soil drainage.
Soil quality in new subdivisions often presents tree-planting problems.
Construction materials, in addition to creating unsightly and difficult-to-work rubble, can alter the soils fertility by raising or lowering pH.
Chemical and petroleum spills, which often occur during building construction, pose additional concerns.
In cases where soil contamination is severe, we would suggest scraping away the contaminated soil and replace it with good quality topsoil at a depth associated with your planting objectives.
Personal taste is another key consideration.
Think of how different kinds of new trees can enhance the attractiveness of your property.
We would suggest a list of the kinds of trees for you to think about how they would look.