When deciding which trees best suit your home and garden, there are multiple factors to consider. Below we’ll walk through a few of the most important to help you ensure that your trees are happy now and for years to come.
For one thing, you have to make sure those trees will grow in your climate. You can check this by looking at the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map to determine which zone you live in, then buying trees that will thrive there. If you’re not sure what a tree’s USDA hardiness zone is, you can look the information up using the Missouri Botanical Garden website. For instance, the Chinese dogwood grows to between 20 and 30 feet and thrives in the Georgian climate.
It’s also crucial you determine the final height of a tree before planting. Many people put in trees that look good when they’re young, only to discover later that they’re too big for the space … sometimes long before they reach their full height. Take the tulip poplar, which is a gorgeous tree with giant lime-orange flowers in spring. While it’s beautiful, you can’t plant it just anywhere, as it can grow to more than 100 feet! Talk about tree trouble.
Rate of Growth
If you’re trying to dress up a commercial property or home before a sale or grand opening, sometimes you need a quick-growing tree. Sycamores grow quickly to 80-100 feet and provide lovely shade, while sweetbay magnolias offer beautiful cream-colored blooms in springtime.
Though typically less a consideration than height, width is also important. Some trees stay short, but grow with considerable sideways branching. Consider a Japanese maple, for instance, or a crabapple tree. Both are beautiful, but if they extend into the house or walkway, they may be more of a pain than it’s worth. Always keep in mind that some trees litter, too, so if their branches are over trafficked spaces they may become seriously annoying.
Premier Tree Solutions is a growing tree care and removal business in Atlanta, Georgia. We specialize in tree, trimming and pruning, storm and debris cleanup, stump grinding, and branch removal. We also advise our clients about the health of their trees to ensure your garden is the loveliest and healthiest it can be. Get in touch to learn more about our services. Don’t hesitate to call us (404-252-6448) when you need help!