Which tree to plant?
When researching and planning the planting of a specific tree, you should always consider the requirements or limitations of the location. Be sure that the height and spread will work in its planned location. Consider your own personal preferences like seasonal interest and when you would like it to look at its best. How will it grow and what future requirements will it place in its new home?
Top Tip: The tree you select will be there for many years so take all the time you need and if unsure, seek help from a horticultural professional.
Cautious selection and good planting practice
When planted correctly and maintained well, a tree will establish and flourish, and most importantly will always look its best. However, if a tree is planted into an unfavourable location, it will become stunted and will never grow and appear the way it should.
Research the ground
Soil type like clay, loamy or sandy, the pH level and ground conditions such as dry or wet soil or impeded drainage should be looked into. There are tree species suitable for every location but some will not tolerate getting their roots wet and some will actually like it!
Therefore, checking your soil type and ground conditions are an important factor when choosing a tree. A fairly accurate general ground analysis can be obtained on the internet by using your postcode, or simply ask a horticultural professional.
Ornamental trees are purely grown for their visual beauty such as outstanding flower displays, leaf colour, scent, interesting bark or colourful fruit. An example of this is the very popular, desirable Japanese maple.
As well as their valued impact when planted in and around other trees and shrubs, many ornamental tree species are compact and therefore worth considering for the smaller garden or areas within the garden where planting space is restrictive. Other popular ornamentals include crab apples, flowering cherries and magnolias.
Urban trees / Roadside trees
If you are planning to plant a tree or some trees along your driveway or along your garden boundary with a road or even into a verge beside a road, you should consider the following. There are many tree species suitable for roadside planting but the root systems of some will not tolerate compaction, or some will lift paving or other hard standings. Some tree species do not like road salt.
Some trees drop sap or fruit which will fall onto parked cars. However, when correctly selected the value of urban trees to humans and local wildlife cannot be underestimated. They greatly improve our environment by filtering traffic pollution and make the places we live more beautiful which in turn effects our mental and physical wellbeing.