Tips For Planting Different Types of Trees

Planting different types of trees helps to solve many problems in your garden.  We continue to experience drought here in the Mid cannabis scrog, and when you combine that with the fact that many  towns and municipalities are restricting water and irrigation, you may have given up on planting trees altogether. For instance, if you have no trees around your home and hugh electric bills in the summer, using a fast growing tree such as a Poplar to shade the western exposure of your house from the sun will help keep your electric bill down in the summer. You may want to use evergreens to hide ugly views so that you will have a wall of green instead. 
We like trees to be permeant if possible.  Always plan for the long term benefits of the trees you plant. Choose wisely using these tips. An excellent book I have found called, The Southern Gardeners Book of Lists,by Lois Trigg Chaplin, has these great ideas for planting landscape trees.

  • Select trees for interest in different seasons: it keeps the garden lively.  You will find lists highlighting berries, fall color, flowers, bark, and other seasonal peaks. With flowering trees, don’t limit your display to one 2-week period (i.e. nice but overused dogwoods, short lived Bradford Pears); extend and diversify by picking species to enjoy the other 50 weeks of the year.
  • Trees have many forms, including: globose, reaching, upright, upright-oval, pyramidal, columnar, weeping, rounded, vase-shaped, and irregular. Each communicates a different feeling and a particular form may be better suited than another to practical limitations such as power lines and overhangs.
  • Water and fertilize with a high quality slow-release fertilizer. Most trees should grow about a foot a year. Water every week during dry weather, and water slowly but thoroughly.
  • Before you buy a tree, be sure you know how big it will get and place it carefully in your landscape

Following these tips will certainly save you time and money when you decide to plant different types of trees. For more information on types of trees for different sites such as wet or dry sites, trees for sites with heavy soil, trees for containers, etc. please visit 

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