“Tree selection is one of the most important investment decisions a home owner makes when landscaping a new home or replacing a tree lost to damage or disease. Considering that most trees have the potential to outlive the people who plant them, the impact of this decision is one that can influence a lifetime. Match the tree to the site and both lives will benefit.”
-International Society of Arboriculture
To select a tree, there are many considerations:
•Why is the tree being planted? Do you want the tree to provide shade or seasonal color, act as a windbreak or screen?
•What is the size and location of the planting site? Does the space lend itself to a large, medium, or small tree? Are there overhead or below ground wires or utilities in the vicinity? Do you need to consider clearance for sidewalks, patios, or driveways? Are there other trees in the area?
•What type of soil conditions exist? Is the soil deep, fertile, and well drained or is it shallow and compacted?
•What type of maintenance are you willing to provide? Do you have time to water, fertilize, and prune the newly planted tree until it is established or will you be relying on your garden or tree service for assistance?
Once you are able to answer these questions, consult with an arborist to select an appropriate tree species for your location. This is only a summary of the considerations of choosing a tree. Please visit the website: http://www.treesaregood.com/treecare/tree_selection.asp for a detailed overview of the selection process.
Trees added to the urban landscape are investments that pay back for future generations. Careful pre-planting planning makes all the difference for generations of people to come. Be certain that your desired planting location will be suitable for the entire life of the tree (80+ years!)
After planting, Enjoy!