There is something about a tree-lined street, park or backyard that brings peace and beauty. Walking among a grove of Maple in the fall, sitting on a swing hung from a stately Oak Tree, seeking relief from the scorching sun under the leaves of a beautiful shade tree, are some of the reasons for planting various trees.
Planting native trees have many positives aspects. Native Trees have over time adjusted to the climate and soil conditions. They require less care than other trees not native to the area. They are conducive to the wildlife, birds, and butterflies familiar to the city. Also, Native trees are resistant to diseases and insects that are prevalent in the area, by adding beauty, and food to the landscape without a lot of extra work or attention.
Shade trees are planted for a variety of practical as well as aesthetic reasons. Shade trees have been and continue to be used as an efficient way to help cold and protect homes. A six-foot shade tree can be expected to bring shade to windows during the first year of growth and begins to produce shade to the roof within about five years.
The mighty Oak Tree is often times planted by homeowners, and city planners, because their roots grow very deep and won’t disturb Sidewalks or landscaping. Oaks can live for centuries. Oak trees provide shade, beauty and require very little upkeep. Plant Oak trees at least fifteen feet away from homes and other structures to keep large limbs from hanging over the buildings.
Maple trees add beauty and shade to landscaping. The brilliant colors and the cool shade they provide are just a couple of reasons they are so popular. Maple trees are fast growing and very cold resistant. They do best when planted in the fall or early spring. Maple trees have varieties that fit nicely into small landscaping as well as much larger trees that need room to grow.
Flowering Trees add a great deal of interest, beauty, and shade to landscaping. They come in a wide variety of size and color. On small lots, a flowering tree adds beautiful color and dimension without taking much space. On more critical lots bunching flowering trees add depth and variety. Flowering shade trees are an excellent way to shade and add beauty at the same time. Flowering trees can be evergreen or deciduous. Planting a Native Flowering tree is an ideal way to add color without worrying if the new tree will adapt. The best time for planting is in the fall before first frost or early spring.
Shrubs are lovely to add interest to the landscape; used to create the illusion of boundaries without the use of fencing. Shrubs beautifully outline the entry, and walkway of a home. Shrubs can look very formal by being kept evenly pruned. Want a more relaxed look to allow growth without pruning. They come in an evergreen variety or deciduous. It takes a few years of growth to form a full hedge. Follow the planting tag for spacing and upkeep.