Put the right tree in the right place. Consider the tree’s purpose, the site, and don’t be afraid to go big.
No tree is perfect for every scenario. Think about the difference between a small dogwood and a giant, stately bur oak. Each tree species has unique characteristics that make it a good fit in some landscapes, but not in others.
When considering what tree to plant, think first about what benefits you want from the tree. Are you planting trees as a screen from the neighbors, as an accent by your front door, or for shade? Are you interested in trees that have beautiful spring flowers or rich fall color?
Another consideration is the planting site. Are there sidewalks, gardens, or other trees to be avoided? Is there enough room for a tree to grow? Remember that a small sapling can grow to a mature tree directly under a power line, and that’s a no win situation for you, the tree, and the utility company.
If you do have the room, go big! Planting large shade trees means cooler air, more shade, and improved air and water quality. Big trees also increase property values to the tune of about $1,000 per tree.