A great way of enhancing the attractiveness and beauty of a landscape and attractive wildlife is through planting of trees. Many considerations come in play when choosing trees to plant and the time to plant them. Before heading to the nursery to purchase seedlings, it is a good idea to research on the type that would be suitable for you. The function of the trees, adaptability to the landscape and their size are some of the things to consider before buying.
Trees that are native to the landscape are advisable choices because they are more adapted to the environment. Native trees will do well in the soil, temperature, water, light and pest conditions of a place. Exotic trees are not able to attract and support the wide range of insects, birds and mammals that are supported by native trees. This is in addition to maintaining the heritage of the local landscape. The climate of Utah for example, is arid and the winters are cold and this requires trees that are adaptable and tough. It should however be known that not only trees native to Utah can do well here. Other regions of the world that share weather conditions with Utah have native trees that can do well in Utah.
The trees you plant should also be guided by the intended function. The functions served by trees vary from water conservation, soil erosion control on steep landscapes, blocking of noise and views that are not desired and also for attracting birds, insects and mammals. Trees that grow to be dense are the best for blocking noise and undesirable views while those that are lower growing provide the best ground cover to control soil erosion.
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The fit and positioning of the tree to the landscape should also be a consideration when planting trees. Depending on the size of your garden, choose trees that fit in the garden both in size and form. Planting a tree that is not well positioned or does not fit in your garden may result in blocking of your house, drainage or a view that is desirable. The trees should also not be too close to buildings or power lines, especially if they grow to big heights which would cause problems in the future.
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The different seasons should also be considered when planting trees. In each tree group that you choose consider how their foliage, seed head display and bloom changes through spring, summer and fall. To ensure that no part of your garden looks bare, incorporate the different timings of the trees through the seasons.