Fall is a really good time of year to plant trees, at your home, or elsewhere. However, if you’re planting a tree near your home, not in a wide open space, you will need to take some planting tips into consideration. Think about how you’ll see the tree, once it’s taller, from your home’s windows. Consider how the colors of the tree will appear during various times of the year. Following are some general tree planting tips that can help…
- If you’re planting a tree that will eventually exceed 20 feet at maturity, be sure to plant it at least 15 feet away from your house.
- Carefully consider the type of tree you’re planting. Will it shed petals or leaves all over the lawn or not? During which season. Is this okay with you or not?
- Consider how trees will look in the rain and snow. My friend had a gorgeous line of trees along the walk to his house. They looked great – in the spring and summer. However, during the fall and winter, water and snow would fall on said trees, collect, and as you walked up the path to the house, streams of water, and sometimes cold mounds of snow would fall on you. Not only was this pretty darn annoying, but falling clumps of snow can actually pose a danger to smaller kids or cars and other plants.
- Dwarf fruit and smaller flowering trees need to be planted at least ten feet apart.
- Never plant a tree under the roof overhang or near utility lines.
- If you’re not sure about planting space, keep in mind that it’s always better to space trees too far apart, rather than too close together. It can help to speak with an expert at your local tree nursery.
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