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How to Select the Right Tree for Your Landscape

How to Select the Right Tree for Your Landscape

Native trees positioned in the right spots in your yard can add tremendous value to your property! Here are 3 important tips to consider when choosing your next trees:

Look for Flowering Trees

Flowering trees can beautify a yard when they are in bloom. Plant just one in your yard for a focal point and new favorite picnic spot, or line an entire driveway with them for a dazzling sight. Here in New England, native flowering trees include Smooth Blackhaw, Hawthorn, Dogwood, American Witch-Hazel, and Striped Maple. Many flowering trees are in bloom for only a couple of weeks, but most offer plenty of shade during the non-dormant months. These trees are perfect for sitting beneath and enjoying your yard! 

Plant Shade Trees

Properly placed shade trees such as oaks, maples, elms, and beeches can keep a home cooler in summer and warmer in the winter. Many homeowners acknowledge quite the savings on utility bills once a shade tree has fully matured. Additionally, a mature shade tree can boost property value significantly. Buyers are always on the lookout for a home with a healthy and solid shade tree. The key to planting a shade tree is positioning it in just the right spot. It’s important to configure the size that the mature tree could grow to. Moreover, place your shade tree far enough from the home and power lines that it will not do any damage should a storm ensue. 

Plant Evergreens

American Arborvitaes make for a great green fence in your yard! They provide plenty of privacy and look beautiful. Furthermore, they are inexpensive and easy to care for with little maintenance. Bigger evergreens, such as pine trees, are excellent wind breakers for homes because these pines grow fast and keep their needles all year round.