Posted October 25, 2014 by Rachel Zoe in Tips & Advice

Right Tree Placement: Determine Environment Factors, Shape and Size of a Tree

Anyone with a love for the wild will tell you how important trees are for our environment. Other than providing us with oxygen, they also give us shade, windbreak, less noise as well as a higher value to the property. However, you need to know which tree to plant where in order to keep the cost low and have a healthier and longer living tree. In order to discover which tree is for which place, you will need to determine its shape, size and environmental requirements. For instance, some trees grow better in a particular environment when at the same time another tree might not survive long in the same one. In an urban landscape, the most notable information to keep in brain is the shape of the tree and the utility lines. Large trees if planted under utility lines cause damage to the trees health and growth in the future.

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Environment Factors & Your Tree

Before planting a tree, keep in mind the minimum temperature of the location you live in, for cold limits the range of several trees. The living cells of the tree are instantly harmed if there is a sudden drop in the temperature. So it is crucial to choose the species of trees that go along well with your climate.

Another determinant to keep in mind is the amount of rainfall in your area; if your place is often flooded then many trees might not be able to survive in the moisture. The roots will drown and eventually lead to the decline of the tree. There is another thing known as the “shade tolerance”, which involves how much light a particular species of tree can take. There are remarkable species of plants that can do well in sunshine, they are considered as the tolerant trees, but some require more shade to grow.

Every area has its very own pest problems as well. While some trees can be tolerant to the pests of your area, others might not be able to survive, that is one big factor to consider before planting a tree. One major factor to consider is the soil – there are several kinds of soil, based on the location you are living in. Soil is the foundation of your tree; hence it is imperative that the soil of your land is friendly to the tree you are planting. Last but not the least, air contamination is one important problem that needs to be taken care of, and unfortunately it’s a problem that shadows the urban landscape.

Shape and Size of a Tree

Needless to mention again, there are several purposes served by a tree. However, before planting a tree, you will need to determine the reasons why you are planting a tree. For instance, if you are planting it for shade, you need to choose a tree that provides ample shade. If you are planting a tree for aesthetics, then there are several other factors to examine, such as size, shape, for, texture and color of the tree.

You need to determine the tree you want should be oval, round, pyramid or v shapes – what kind of color should it have and what kind of texture will look best in accordance with the landscape. Considering the utility lines and landscape aesthetics you might want to determine exactly where you want to grow your tree as well. For instance, whether you want it in your front lawn or your backyard, behind your house or in front of the house for more shade. However, before planting a tree in front, make sure you aren’t causing any future harm to the landscape.

Article by: Rachel Zoe – A professional tree care expert working in a tree company since 2005 to provide her expertise in preparing tree risk management reports and arborist reports.

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Rachel Zoe

Professional Tree Care Expert with over 5+ years of experience.