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How do I Choose the Best Small Trees for Landscaping?

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  • Written By: Dee S.
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  • Last Modified Date: 05 July 2018
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There are several factors to consider when selecting small trees for landscaping. Before purchasing the trees, the landscaping area and the general climate of the area should be analyzed. The soil type of the landscaping site should also be evaluated. Then, the gardener must think about whether she wants deciduous or evergreen trees. The next consideration is whether any special features of the trees, such as colorful flowers or an abundance of fruit, are desired. Lastly, in choosing small trees for landscaping, it is important to look at each tree individually and select healthy specimens from the nursery or home garden store.

Since landscaping areas vary significantly from one site to the next, it is important to accurately measure the site to be landscaped before choosing small trees for that area. Even small trees vary in their height and the spread of their branches. The small trees for landscaping need plenty of space to grow healthily and to keep their natural shape, and some trees need more space than others, mandating a larger landscaping space.

When considering the landscaping site, it is beneficial to know the soil type of the area as well. Some trees grow well in clay soil, while others prefer sandy soil. It may also be helpful to know whether the soil is acidic or alkaline since some trees grow better in one or the other.

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Climate also is an important consideration when choosing small trees for landscaping. Some trees thrive in warm temperatures, while others need cooler weather to grow. It is important to know the temperature range, the average rainfall, the altitude, and the likelihood of strong winds for the landscaping site. Once that information has been determined, trees that match those criteria will grow better than those that do not match the criteria.

Seasonal interest is another consideration when selecting small trees for landscaping. For example, deciduous trees may have colorful foliage in the fall, but bare branches in the winter. In the alternative, evergreens will have foliage all year long, but the color of the foliage may not change. Some gardeners may prefer a splash of color to an evergreen tree, while others may despise bare branches, even in the winter months.

The specific features of the trees must also be a factor when choosing small trees for landscaping. For example, the foliage of the tree may have a particular color, texture, size, or shape. Those features should blend with the overall effect of the landscaping, if possible. Also, some trees produce fragrant flowers, while others do not. In addition, some small trees generate fruit, cones, and nuts that may be beautiful or a problem, particularly with birds and animals, such as squirrels, deer, and bears.

Once the landscaping area and preferences of the gardener have been narrowed down, it is time to select the trees. Choosing a healthy tree is essential. Look for trees with roots that spread out evenly and are not clumped together. The tree should have a firm trunk and should be free from dead foliage as well.

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