March 05, 2020

Planting the Right Tree in the Right Place

Written by TreeUtah

Planting urban trees begins with careful planning and consideration. A little forethought and a simple layout plan can produce a landscape that will cool your home in summer and keep out the winter winds. Your yard should contain trees that grow well in the soil and moisture of your area. Trees need to be properly placed to avoid collisions with power lines and buildings, and the aesthetics will increase your property value. Before planting, always call “811” before you dig to schedule professionals to locate utilities or lines underground. It's a free service, and it saves lives.

A good landscaping plan looks at these areas:

  • Height. Will the tree bump into anything when it is fully grown?
  • Canopy spread. How wide will the tree grow? Is the tree deciduous or evergreen? (Will it lose its leaves in the winter?)
  • Form or shape. A columnar tree will grow in less space. Round and V-Shaped species provide the most shade.
  • Growth rate. How long will it take for your tree to reach its full height? Slow-growing species typically live longer than fast-growing species.
  • Soil, sun, and moisture requirements.
  • Fruit. No one wants messy droppings on busy sidewalks, so you’ll need to put them in low-traffic areas and make a plan to harvest properly.
  • Hardiness. Check out TreeUtah's list of recommended trees for Utah to make sure the tree you get is appropriate for your elevation.

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