June 27


Exciting Ways to Add Trees Into Your Landscape

By Noel D.

June 27, 2018

landscaping, tree care, tree planting

We all wish to have lawns and yards that are picture picture: they have attractive trees that make spending quality time outside all the better. We are excited to have picnics or have family over for outdoor events.

Whether you want to include trees that are tall and strong to provide protection or you intend to add beautiful, flowery trees for charm, you need to be wise about where you will put your trees as well as exactly how you will use them in the overall landscaping design of your yard.

Prior to planting a tree in your yard, you need to think about just what kinds of trees you really want and what does it cost to keep the tree. This means: what upkeep you are willing to do with your trees? You also want to consider how you want your trees to function in your yard and how much time you want to spend at your home.

As you can see, there is a lot that goes into planting a tree – it isn’t simply digging a hole and hoping for the best. You need to think about the ways in which you will use your tree – as well as exactly how everyone in your family will interact with it.

Still set on planting a tree in your yard (and we hope you are)? Here are 4 exciting ways to add trees to your yard:

4. Trees Add Value to Your Home

home with trees
Credit: Karen Roe
  • Trees take a long period of time to grow – you get the most value from grown trees
  • Consider getting uncommon trees that you don’t see somewhere else for more value
  • Do not overdo it or you might have an adverse effect

A mature tree that has been planted properly as well as taken care of by professionals can add between $1,000 and $10,000 to the sale value of your home, per the Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers. If you want to add some value to your home and want to do this through curb appeal, you have to remember one key thing: it takes years for trees to reach their mature size, so you will have to plant them early.

When growing a tree to help add value to your residence, you will need to think of the kinds of trees that people really desire. Most people don’t want to do copious amounts of lawn work, but they also want some shade. The very best kind of tree for your lawn will rely on your home – trees that are tall and solid (and can perhaps support climbing children or swing) may be wonderful for a residence that is big enough for a young family. On the other hand, a ranch home with one bedroom will probably go to an individual or couple that does not want the backbreaking yard work related to having many, many trees in your yard.

3. Develop an Additional Space For You

Credit: Sheila Miguez
  • Offers privacy
  • Makes smaller homes feel larger
  • Makes you spend time outside

If you typically aren’t the sort of person who likes to spend all of your time outside your home, however, you have a great deal to do inside, you could hope for an area that combines both – the comforts of the indoors while being outside. You can do this if you plant trees the right way. You could actually do this in numerous ways, but the very best is to plant a few trees and then cover any open areas with taller plants and hedges. You could even add some flowers or a water feature for something really great.

According to Better Homes and Gardens: “If you don’t want to work on making your entire yard a private paradise, take one corner and transform it into a secluded getaway. A simple way to do this is to carefully place a couple of trees to form a pocket. Here, for example, two pines make a hammock feel tucked away. A redbud just behind the hammock enhances the effect.”

2. Garden Shape Matters

Credit: Bernard Spragg
  • Think about consulting a professional landscaper
  • Think about plants, pathways, water features, and your trees
  • Remember you need to be able to perform lawn maintenance on your yard at the same time

As you are preparing when and where to plant your tree, you also want to think about what will be around your trees. Most homeowners will plant trees in a garden – however should you for your backyard? Lifehacker recommends looking at your space from above to really plan out the form as well as layout of your garden. Remember that plants need room to breathe and get sunlight in order to survive.

You can also get the tape out and plot thing out for yourself. Think about where the trees will go, where plants will go, walkways, lawn decorations, and even how far out the root system will go. Once you have everything taped out, you will be able to see whether or not the kind of tree you thought you wanted works.

1. Look From the Inside

Credit: Michael Coghlan
  • Think of safety and security from the outside and the inside
  • You probably spend more time inside than you do outside
  • You might be able to narrow down your list of trees this way

HGTV states that one of the most common landscaping mistakes that individuals make is that they don’t consider what their view will look like from the inside once they have added landscaping. This is very important because we do tend to spend a lot of time gazing out of our windows than we do enjoying a beautiful tree from the outside.

Stand inside your house and look out the windows in the rooms you inhabit the most – typically your living room, bedroom, and kitchen. Exactly what do you want to see? You’ll have to answer these queries before you can consider placing a tree in your lawn and near a window. Do you want to be able to see the roadway? Will you have children that play outdoors or nosy next-door neighbors that wish to look inside? Each of these concerns could impact whether you want to plant a large tree or a small tree – or even plant a tree at all.

If you interested in planting trees in your yard or caring for trees that you have planted, make sure to give Arbortec Tree Service a call at (303) 466-3175.

Header photo courtesy of Olin Gilbert on Flickr!
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