Landscaping Tree Guide

Landscaping Tree Guide

Trees are important landscaping plants which can enhance the beauty of your garden if they are planted in correct locations. There are some general guides regarding the size and characteristics about trees which are helpful to build beautiful gardens. You need to choose both perennials and annuals in your garden to ensure that there are always some beautiful blossoms all around the year. Also, you need to pick up trees and shrubs with different heights to match with each other. You also need to choose the trees which are suitable for your surrounding environment as well.

Regarding the trees in backyard, the final option should depend on your needs. Generally, for some purposes such as wind break or shade provider, large trees are usual options. It usually take a large tree several years to grow to their mature height. Some tree species need large space for expanding their roots underground such as oak trees or maple trees. Placing them in the center of the garden or near your home can be a good idea if that area is not used for other plants. For some evergreen trees such as pines, planting them at the border of the yard is a better options because their shade may affect the absorption of the sunlight on buildings in winter. Most large trees will provide dense shades in summer, making it hard to grow plants under them such as grasses. So, some shade-tolerant grass varieties can be considered.

Apart from large trees, short shrubs can be another good option for different-sized gardens. Some shrub varieties are perfect for hedging purposes like Honeysuckle shrubs and privet shrubs. They are good options to protect the privacy of your garden while preserve the beauty. Moreover, some flowering shrubs like forsythia shrubs can provide extra ornamental beauty to your garden especially in summer. Evergreen shrubs can keep your yard green even in cold winter. To cover the bare area of the garden, some ground cover plants should be cultivated. For dry climate zones, you should choose some drought tolerant ground covers to preserve the moisture. Some ground cover plants are fast-growing and invasive. You should avoid planting them if you do not know how to control them effectively.

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