Tips for Choosing the Right Trees
If you’re planning to landscape your garden, you’ll understand how daunting a prospect it is to have to choose the right trees for your project. One problem many people face is that there’s so much variety out there, and so many magazines are geared towards experienced gardeners that it can hard to break through the jargon.
The biggest hurdle to finding the right trees for you and your garden is working out which varieties and species will thrive most in your soil and climate. If you’re not an experienced gardener, buying trees online might be an option because many online plant nurseries will have menus and forms to help you to navigate the maze.
If the website has friendly customer service staff, then they’ll be able to talk you through your requirements. It’s a good idea to have some answers ready before you start, so here are the things you need to consider.
The space you have available
If you don’t have a huge amount of space in your garden, or there are lots of buildings nearby that might not appreciate massive root systems working their way underneath them, then you should think about smaller garden trees. Varieties include the various maples (Acers), many of which grow between three and seven meters in height.
The air you have
If you live near the coast, you may have salty air, or you may live somewhere that has high winds and extreme conditions, in which case you’ll need some hardier varieties of tree.
Your soil type is also important
This is very important, as some trees just won’t thrive in certain types of soil. You need to find out if your soil is acidic or more alkaline, as well as whether it’s clay or loam.
What look are you going for?
Are you looking to create a wild sort of look, or to create a very straight, organised avenue-type effect to line a path or make a barrier?
Are you interested in a stunning autumn colour array? Or do you prefer evergreens for all-year-round colour and cover? If it’s all-year-round cover, you’ll want to look at thujas and cypresses.
Do you have a practical purpose in mind?
If you want to create a barrier, a windbreak or a privacy screen, then you’ll need to ask about hedge trees like the many evergreens of different sizes.
Or is your interest purely aesthetic?
You might simply want some gorgeous trees to gaze at and sit under in the summer, so a good choice for you is some magnolias, or maybe some fruit trees, especially if you’re in one of the warmer regions.
Have a think about what you’re looking for and what you want to achieve in your garden, then call or message an online nursery to talk things through and get some advice on planting and aftercare.
It’s important to do your homework before buying new trees, because they’re a long-term project. If you try to plant a tree in inappropriate conditions or soils, then it’ll fail and will be costly to get it felled and replace it.
Remember, planting a tree is a gift for future generations, so do it wisely!