Planting season is here! Planting a tree is a great way to add value to your property, PLUS trees are great for combating climate change by keeping the air clean and providing much-needed shade to your property.
It is essential that you pick the right tree for your particular property – trees are an investment and you want to make sure the one you plant will survive and thrive for years to come.
Here are the main questions you should consider when selecting a tree to plant:
Now that you’ve got the technical questions out of the way, you can move on to the more aesthetic features of your tree:
What shape will it grow into?
Some popular shapes are upright (like tulip trees); globular (like a bur oak); and vase shaped (like elms). Some shapes will work better for certain properties so make sure you take that into consideration.
What does the foliage look like?
If you want a tree with brilliant red leaves in fall try a red maple or a sugar maple. If you’re looking for yellow, ginkgoes turn bright yellow before they fall. If you like flowering trees, you can find flowers in many different colours, like a redbud (pink flowers), or an ivory silk lilac (white flowers).
Is there any specific wildlife your tree attracts?
If you like bird-watching or if you’re hoping to attract pollinators likes bumblebees and butterflies, there are trees that can help you out with that!
Do you prefer deciduous (leafy), or coniferous (evergreen) trees?
Both have their own pros and cons – it’s up to you and your preferences!
Picking a tree can be fun once you’ve nailed down a few options, and a new tree is a welcome addition to any home.
Remember, if you need help selecting the right tree for your property, your local arborist is always happy to help. They can bring their experience to the process and make sure you get a tree that you can enjoy today and for years to come.
Be Good to Your Trees!
Kristie Nairn, MA, MMst
Cohen & Master Tree and Shrub Services Ltd.