A Guide to Planting Trees The beauty and attractiveness of a landscape of a garden can be greatly enhanced through the planting of trees. The type of trees to plant and the time to plant should be considered before you decide to start the planting. Before heading to the nursery to purchase seedlings, it is a good idea to research on the type that would be suitable for you. Things to consider when buying trees for planting are the adaptability of the tree, the function and the size that the trees grow to. Tree indigenous to a landscape do better because they are adapted to the conditions of the landscape. Native trees will do well in the soil, temperature, water, light and pest conditions of a place. In attracting supporting wildlife such as bees, birds and butterflies, native trees do a better job than trees that are not native. Indigenous trees also help maintain the local landscape and heritage. Only tough trees that are adaptable can do well in Utah because the climate here is arid and the winters are cold. However, trees that can thrive in Utah are not necessarily those native to Utah. Trees from other regions of the world that are arid or dry do very well in Utah. Choose trees to plant according to the function that you intend for them. The functions served by trees vary from water conservation, soil erosion control on steep landscapes, blocking of noise and views that are not desired and also for attracting birds, insects and mammals. Trees that grow to be dense are the best for blocking noise and undesirable views while those that are lower growing provide the best ground cover to control soil erosion.
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The fit and positioning of the tree to the landscape should also be a consideration when planting trees. Depending on the size of your garden, choose trees that fit in the garden both in size and form. You do not want to plant that will grow to block your house or draining system or a desired view. Planting trees that grow to be big too close to buildings or power lines is also not advisable as they will cause problems when they grow.
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When choosing trees to plant, consider the seasonal changes in the trees. In each tree group that you choose consider how their foliage, seed head display and bloom changes through spring, summer and fall. Spread the trees according to their different seasonal timings so that there will be no part of the landscape that looks bare during the changing seasons.