Tree Selection

     There are many factors to consider before planting trees. Often these factors are ignored and the problems that can occur can be quite expensive. It pays to take time in considering what type of tree to plant and where to plant it. Researching a specific species and its characteristics will help determine whether or not it is properly suited for the space and environment that is present on your property. Visiting a nursery to select a tree is also very helpful and the staff working there are usually very knowledgeable on this subject. Once presented with your specific needs, they can usually narrow down the search of a suitable choice.

     One of the biggest things to consider before buying a tree or shrub is the space available for the tree to grow in. If the space is limited, a tree with a much slower growth rate is usually a preferred choice. The growth rate is a measurement of how much a tree will grow in one year. If space is extremely limited, a shrub may be a better choice. If you are set on getting a specific tree, you may have to choose a different location to plant it and allow it to grow without being hindered or causing damage to surrounding plant life and structures that may exist. Damage to existing structures such as driveways, sidewalks, or even the foundation of your home may occur if trees are planted to close. Tree roots are often the culprit and they have no problem cracking a driveway or sidewalk. They can also work their way into sewer and water lines causing thousands of dollars in damage. The city will expect the home owner to pay up and fix these lines. It is absolutely critical to request an underground “Locate” before choosing a location and digging. Almost every yard has a vast system of pipes and wires underground. This is a free service offered by local utility companies and the phone number is 811.

     Two other important factors in choosing a tree are the conditions of the soil and the available water that the tree will have. We often face drought conditions and trees with a high growth rate will need a steady supply of water and nutrients to survive. Also, if the soil lacks rich nutrients, fertilization will need to be done on a semi-annual basis to help the tree as well. Certain trees such as pines and spruces often continue to thrive through periods of drought. Large old growth Cottonwoods will often die off if subjected to the same conditions. Watering on a regular basis can get expensive. It is best to make sure you apply water correctly or it may be wasted. The smaller fibrous roots that absorb water are near the drip line of a tree. The drip line is near the edge of the branch tips. Roots usually grow to the edge of the drip line. That is where watering will have the greatest affect. Watering slowly over time with the use of a soak-er hose or drip system will also prevent run off.

     The good thing is there are endless options when choosing a tree. If you hit a road block, there are always many other choices out there. You may even find something better than what you had first considered to be a perfect match. Trees are very unique in many ways and can dramatically enhance the beauty of the landscape around your home. They also add value to your property and curb appeal. Our goal at Advanced Tree Service is to help our customers make the best educated decision so that their trees can thrive without breaking the bank.. and the sidewalk.

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