As spring rolls in, you might be looking to spruce up your lawn and landscape. Planting trees will beautify your front lawn while adding shade and privacy. Did you know that by choosing the right trees your property value will increase by 14 percent? To do so, you must pick out the trees suited for the front lawn and place them appropriately. We’ve created this guide to aide you picking out the best trees for your front lawn and some tricks to caring for your new trees.
Where You Live is Important
Picking the perfect trees involves knowing which ones grow best in your region. Trees require specific climates based on the hardiness zone where you live. In our region, hardiness 6 thrives. When using a professional landscaper, you can be sure that the trees they pick out are acclimated to our environment and will be easy to transplant.
Ideal Small Trees For Our Area
If your lawn is small but you want to spruce it up a little by planting a tree, pick an ornamental tree. Flowers and/or fruits will blossom during the spring and foliage in the fall. Top picks for our region include…
- Chinese Dogwood
- Japanese Maple
- Weeping Cherry
- Saucer Magnolia
- Smoke Tree
Perfect Trees for Shade
Picture yourself sitting under a beautiful shade tree this summer? Pick one that will grow tall with a large canopy. Don’t expect the shade to come in over night, it will take many years and routine pruning before you’ll have adequate shade but the wait is worth it. Best options for shade in your front lawn are…
- Large Maples
- Golden Rain tree
- Oak tree
Best Privacy Trees
If you’re looking for privacy, choose compact conifers. These include…
Caring for Your Trees
When purchasing a mature tree, it is important that you care for it properly especially for the first few weeks. Here are some steps to follow to ensure a successful transplant and a healthy tree…
- Location, Location, Location – Pick a spot in your yard where the tree will get the right amount of sunlight and water with optimal soil conditions.
- Get the Ground Wet – To make digging up the soil easier, water the ground one day prior to planting the tree.
- Dig – When digging the hole for your new tree, you should make it three times wider than the root ball. It just should be deep enough that the roots are all inside the hole. Save the soil and divide it into topsoil and subsoil then water the hole.
- Plant Your Tree – Place the tree in the hole then take off the burlap that’s covering the root ball.
- Fill the Hole – Using the soil you dug up, first fill the hole with subsoil and then topsoil.
- Water – For the first couple weeks you should water the tree daily. From three to twelve weeks, water every other day. From that point until the tree has been there for a couple years, water weekly.
- Adding Mulch – Organic mulch can provide the tree with nutrients, considering adding it around the base of the tree but avoid pushing it up onto the trunk of the tree as it can impact the trees ability to maintain its temperatures for moisture level.
- Do Not Use Fertilizer – For the first year, do not use fertilizer to allow the tree to rebuild its roots in its new home.
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