Right Tree In The Right Place

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Looks of some plants can make you wish you have them in your garden, but before you buy them take some facts in consideration to keep everything look neat so the “newcomer” would coexist properly with the rest of the garden.

When choosing new tree for your garden, you can easily make mistakes because you want it to be just in that place, or because you don’t know some things about it. Walking down the street and observing trees in neighbors’ gardens you might notice some mistakes they made like planting trees too close to the house, or small distance between plants. Planting the tree should not be taken for granted, instead very important factors should be taken into consideration:

– function of the tree
– space for spreading the treetop
– location
– choice between young or already developed plant,
– quality and features of the plant
– season for plantation

Function of the tree


First you should define whether the tree is going to have only decorative or some other function like shadow making, covering ugly details, making the fence or making barrier that will protect from noise and dust.

Trees that are supposed to make shadows should have dense leafs and certain height.

If its function is to make border it has to have dense and compressed leafs so the view is completely obstructed. If you plant it to firm the terrain, species with strong and dense root system should be chosen.

Evergreen or deciduous

When it comes to evergreen plants, they should be positioned so south of house will create shadow in winter months as well and that it will block the sun in the coldest days. So the best choice would be to plant deciduous plant on the south side that will make shadow during the warm summer months while during the winter it will allow sun to break through.

Smaller seedlings are better choice

It is often believed that if buying grown plant we will get the desired effect. However, the bigger dimension of the tree, the stronger stress it goes through during the transplant, and because of that you have to be more careful. It also happens that after transplant big tree starts to grow slower and its density reduces, so if you are not in the hurry always choose younger seedlings.

Available space

Growth of a tree changes very much from young to mature stage. When the tree is transplanted in the garden, growing conditions change from those in nursery garden. This can make tree grow in a different way than we expected. This often leads to improper trimming when owner tries to direct it to shape that is not natural.

What falls from the tree?

If under the tree you have pavement, especially one made from expensive materials, pay attention to what kind of fruits and flower the tree creates, so it would not stain it. That can happen for example with Persian silk tree. Also, plants that produce fruits of strong and unpleasant smell could make things uncomfortable. Best example for this is female ginko tree.