Selecting the Right Tree

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Selecting the right tree for the right property is critical to avoiding long term problems.  And, we’re not just talking with the tree itself, as it’s just as important to give your neighbors careful consideration too – you’ll understand why in a moment.

No matter what type of tree you are considering, it’s always recommended that you take the time to do your homework, in order to better educate yourself on which tree species is best for your specific needs.  Here are some tips you should first consider:

Tip #1 – Determine Appropriate Tree Size

You should carefully determine the appropriate size and shape for your new tree, as this ensures that it will fit within your planting area.  A tree that’s too big, or one that spreads, may encroach into your neighbor’s yard thus causing unneeded headaches.

It’s advisable when planting a young tree that you allow enough space for it to reach its mature size and shape.   It’s always a good idea to look at a tree’s mature size prior to purchasing and subsequently planting it.

The Arbor Day Foundation provides a comprehensive basic spacing guide that you can refer to for advice when selecting the right tree for your property size and type.

Tip #2 – Decide Whether You Want Deciduous or Evergreen

As residents of Arizona, we live in a unique part of the country, where quite a few varieties of trees don’t lose their leaves during the winter months.  These trees include both evergreens and conifers.

These types of trees are perfect year round, especially for those of you that enjoy privacy, and breaks from the wind.

Deciduous trees on the other hand lose all of their leaves during the fall and winter months.  However, they are still ideal for those of you that would like shade in the summer, as well as warmth in the winter.

Tip #3 – Consider Drought Tolerance

Considering that Arizona is currently experiencing several impacts from ongoing drought conditions it’s more important than ever before to consider drought tolerant trees and plants.

Water wise trees, once established, require very little water.  Selecting water wise trees ensures you’re doing your part to help the state in their water conservation and sustainability efforts.

Tip #4 – Consider Growth Rate

It’s important when selecting the right tree for your property that you take into account the length of time that it will take for your tree to reach its full height.

If you’d like a tree that is designed to reach its full height in a few years you may want to check out the large selection of fast growing tree species.

Fast growing tree species are likely to grow more than 2 to 3 feet in height each year.  However, this is dependent on several factors, including good planting area, moisture and fertility.

On the other hand, slow growing tree species tend to last longer than fast growing tree species – which is why it’s important to do your research on both types of species.

Tip #5 – Call in the Professionals

If you’re still having trouble selecting the right tree for your specific needs and wants, you can always call in the professionals at Branch Management Tree Service for informative advice, as well as planting help.  We welcome the opportunity of assisting you in making your landscaping dreams a reality with the right size tree.

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