You need to think carefully when planting a tree in your garden, as its foliage and root system will impact the yard in different ways. The following are several considerations to bear in mind when picking a specific species to plant.
Expansive Root Systems
First, think about where you'll be establishing the tree and the expansiveness of its root system. The far-reaching roots on some varieties, such as fig trees, can damage paving and foundations, so check with your landscape tree suppliers on which are least likely to cause issues. Of course, in a large garden with no nearby structures, a sprawling network of roots may not be problematic. Maintain a long-term focus and think well into the future. Where will the root system be in twenty years?
Over a long hot summer, trees provide blissful shade. But sometimes they can offer too much. For instance, for a tree adjacent to your home, you may prefer a deciduous species that sheds its leaves in winter and thus allows light into your home. In summer, you'll benefit from its shady foliage. If you intend to plant the tree at the back of the garden, you may prefer an evergreen species that adds richness in the depths of winter. Don't forget to factor in how the shade will affect nearby plants that might be deprived of much-needed sunlight.
Consider the colours that the tree will introduce to your garden. If you plant something that grows fruit or flowers at certain times of the year, you'll enjoy splashes of colour. Cherry and plum trees offer a spring-flowering spurt as well as colourful fruit. On many deciduous varieties, such as Maple trees, you'll enjoy beautiful autumn hues like browns, golds, and reds, among other colours. Just pick a type that suits your local climate. The Norway maple and red maple are two species that flourish in different parts of Australia.
The Canopy Size and Available Area
As well as paying attention to how extensive a root system is, you also need to consider the size of the canopy above ground and how much space you have. Some trees grow a broad canopy that's close to the ground. If it expands over a pathway or patio, you might be forced into extensive pruning that gives it a lopsided appearance.
Contemplate also whether you want to attract wildlife by planting particular species, such as a Bottlebrush or an Irish Strawberry tree, both of which attract native birds.
For more information, contact a local landscape tree supplier.