Factors To Consider When Choosing Trees For Your Backyard

20 April 2016
 Categories: Home & Garden, Blog


It is important for you to pay attention to detail when choosing a tree for your backyard. Different trees serve different purposes and have more than one feature. So, put into consideration all the features a tree has and check how they will affect your surroundings. Below are some essential factors you should consider when choosing your backyard tree.

Shade Trees Essentials

Shade trees are planted for their shade cover and the fact that they limit the amount of heat and sunlight that gets to the surface. Different shade trees have varying shade cover, and you can opt for the heavy shade or light shade trees. Heavy shade trees block sunlight and nearly no sunlight gets to the surface. Light shade trees allow some beams of sunlight to pass through and some narrow canopied trees such as the cypress are a good option to consider.

Another factor to consider is whether the tree you want is deciduous or evergreen. Deciduous trees shed off all their leaves seasonally, meaning that there are seasons you'll have no shade. Conversely, the evergreen type remains green throughout the seasons meaning that it doesn't shed all its leaves at any point and provides shade throughout the seasons.

Dwarf Trees Essentials

Dwarf trees are usually small and grow to a height of about 10 feet at full maturity. Some dwarf trees are ornamental, whereas others are fruit trees. The choice you make will be determined by what you want to achieve. Because of their height, dwarf trees are easy to prune compared to the tall trees, but still require good maintenance.

The ornamental dwarf trees such as the Japanese Maple have bright colors and brighten up the outdoors. The fruit dwarf trees are planted mainly for their fruits and the fact that they are easy to harvest and manage. Examples of dwarf fruit trees include apple, mango, pear and cherry trees.

Flowering Trees Essentials

Flowering trees are a great choice if you want to add some color and brighten your outdoors. Most flowering trees bloom in spring and develop dense foliage in fall, such as the Dogwood type. However, not all flowering trees follow this pattern; some, like the Crepe Myrtles, bloom in summer. So, let your provider know the features you're looking for and get the best-fit tree for your garden.

If you choose a flowering tree, then it is important to consider how often it sheds its flowers. You will probably need to clean up the area under the tree whenever the flowers accumulate. However, if you plan on letting the flowers decay and decompose naturally, then ensure that the flowers won't attract ants and termites or harbor any other dangerous pests.

Trees are a great accessory for the outdoors. Determine the features you want, and also, remember to inquire from your provider about the best maintenance practices for the type of tree you choose.