Right Tree, Right Site

Planting a new tree can be rewarding and exciting experience, providing a multitude of long lasting benefits. Trees can become permanent additions to your property, and therefore, require thought and planning when selecting the right one. Determining the proper species for the potential planting area is critical to long term success, saving time and money, while avoiding future disappointment. (image arborday.org)

Determining the proper species for the potential planting area is critical to long term success, saving time and money, while avoiding future disappointment. Choosing a site to plant a tree, or choosing the proper tree for a given side, is a decision not to be taken lightly.  As with any worthwhile investment, it is essential to take time to investigate and select wisely.  The character and shape of trees varies among species as much as leaf shape or bark pattern.  Of course, consulting with a Certified Arborist at BTSE can help ensure your investment reaps years of future returns.

Here are some basic guidelines to help make an informed decision meeting the goals for your property.

Plant & Site Factors for Consideration

Space constraints:  Choose a tree to best fit the space available, allow equate room as the plant matures, both above and below ground.

Form & function:  Consider species attributes; evergreen vs. deciduous foliage, shade tree vs. ornamental qualities, mature canopy shape and height.

Growth rate:  How long will it take for your tree to reach its full height? Slow growing species typically live longer than fast growing species.

Soil characteristics:  Select species suited for the soil types, drainage and moisture at the planting site.

Hardiness:  Make sure the tree is adapted to the temperature extremes of our geographic region.

Pest problems:  Whenever possible, select insect and disease resistant varieties.

Fruit:  Consider if fruit would become a messy nuisance in high traffic areas like lawns and sidewalks.