The beauty and attractiveness of a landscape of a garden can be greatly enhanced through the planting of trees. When choosing the kind of trees to plant and the time to plant them, many factors are considered. Before heading to the nursery to purchase seedlings, it is a good idea to research on the type that would be suitable for you. Things to consider when buying trees for planting are the adaptability of the tree, the function and the size that the trees grow to.
It is recommended that you choose trees that are native to the landscape as they are more adaptable to the environment. Indigenous species are normally suited by the soil, temperature, water conditions and the pest and diseases of the particular area. Exotic trees are not able to attract and support the wide range of insects, birds and mammals that are supported by native trees. Indigenous trees also help maintain the local landscape and heritage. The climate of Utah for example, is arid and the winters are cold and this requires trees that are adaptable and tough. 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. The functions served by trees vary from water conservation, soil erosion control on steep landscapes, blocking of noise and views that are not desired and also for attracting birds, insects and mammals. Trees that grow to be dense are the best for blocking noise and undesirable views while those that are lower growing provide the best ground cover to control 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. Depending on the size of your garden, choose trees that fit in the garden both in size and form. Incorrectly positioned trees or trees that are not a good fit for your garden may block your view, drainage or natural lighting to your home. To avoid problems in the future when the trees are fully grown, avoid growing big trees too close to power lines or your house.
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The different seasons should also be considered when planting trees. Bear in mind how the foliage, bloom and seed head display of the trees will be during the spring, summer and fall. Incorporate different trees with different timings so that there will be no part of the landscape that will look bare when the seasons change.