The tree cannot only make or break the garden, it can affect how members of the family function and feel. It is not enough therefore, to choose the right tree type, but also to avoid planting it in the wrong place! Planting a tree, especially in a private home, has far-reaching consequences for the future success of the garden, and even for the welfare of the family and neighbors. Nothing compares to a tree in its size and sheer power, and therefore its impact on the immediate environment. Alternatively, no other garden element has the capacity to ruin the family’s quality of life. In many cases, the gardener or homeowner has simply chosen the wrong tree type for a certain location. But let’s assume that after considerable consideration, the optimal choice has been made. The plant to be is suitable for the site’s climate, soil, and aspect. It neither possess aggressive roots, does not litter too badly, nor multiply and spread as an invasive pest. In design terms, of all possible tree types, the chosen species is a perfect fit. Yet despite all this, the tree in years to come proves to be more of a nuisance to the family than this wonderful being that moves and inspires, provides shade, fragrance, movement, and sound, is a home to birds and other creatures, and is the favorite spot for the children and their friends.
The culprit is a common but easily avoided mistake. The error is simply to plant the tree too close to the house. In years to come, the dark and dankness can induce a sense of claustrophobia and even depression, the foliage can reduce the flow of air in the house, and children cannot get off to sleep, being frightened by the sound of branches scratching on the exterior walls! So at what distance from the house is it safe to plant, remembering that we are not talking about trees with aggressive roots, which should be kept at a distance of at least 20 meters. Here are some guidelines.
*If a tree’s canopy spreads above the roof of the house, branches below the roof level should be pruned off. This process requires careful attention over the years.
*A small tree whose height does not exceed that of the house should be planted at a distance to the house that is not less than its height. For example, if both the house and the mature height of the tree are 6 meters, (18ft) then the tree should be planted at least 6 meters from the house.
*Thin, pencil-shaped trees like Cypress, which sometimes function as a vertical accent by the wall of a house, should not be planted next to windows, particularly bedrooms.
Selecting the right tree for the right place is a good first step in any landscape design, but proper planting also is important for getting your tree off to a good start. Trees are like all living creatures. They require more attention in the beginning to promote a long, healthy life. Carefully choose the planting site. Trees are difficult to move once they are established. Check with local authorities for regulations on placement of trees. Some communities have ordinances restricting placement of trees within a specified distance of a street, sidewalk, streetlight, or other utilities. Before digging, make sure that all underground utilities are clearly marked. You wouldn’t want to cut off the electric power to your community or risk injury.
Carefully follow the planting instructions that come with your tree. If specific instructions are not available, follow these tips: Dig a hole about twice the size of the tree’s root ball, or about one foot wider than the root system. The hole should be slightly shallower than the root ball. If the soil is especially heavy or wet, consider planting the tree slightly higher. Remove all materials from the root mass. This includes wires, string, burlap, and biodegradable containers. Neglecting this will hinder proper root growth. Gently place the tree in the center of the hole and position it to grow straight. If the tree has a prettier side, place it in the direction most frequently viewed. If planting a bare root tree, carefully spread the roots. Crumble the soil removed from the hole and cover the roots with it. As you add soil to fill in around the tree, lightly tamp the soil to collapse air pockets, or add water to help settle the soil. Air pockets around the roots can be devastating to a newly planted tree. Add about four inches of mulch–wood chips, shredded bark, or grass clippings–around the base of the tree, extending out to the tips of the outermost branches. A 3-foot diameter circle of mulch is common. Mulching will retain moisture, reduce weeds, maintain a more even soil temperature, and eliminate mowing next to the delicate bark. Be sure to pull the mulch away from the tree trunk because decomposing mulch can cause rot problems. Finally, give the tree a thorough watering. If the root ball is extremely dry, allow water to trickle into the soil by placing the hose at the trunk of the tree. Take the time to give your tree a good start on life. Finally, hire Phil’s Expert Tree Service, Inc for the best trees!