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Choosing The Right Trees For Your Property

Trees can significantly enhance the appearance of a property: property experts believe that they can add up to seven percent to a homes value. They also have practical purposes, which may include providing privacy or shade, to block out an unappealing view, or simply to beautify the garden. Trees live for decadesor even centuriesand choosing the right species can make a real difference to your enjoyment of both your garden and the tree. Before choosing new trees, homeowners should take a number of factors into consideration. Garden size The first thing to consider is the size of your garden. Even small trees need a considerable root area to thrive and, if the tree is too large, the roots may start to become a problem. In some cases roots can even cause damage to the property. Equally, a large tree close to the house can, over time, block the natural light and become a hazard in high winds or storms. The purpose of the tree The reason for planting the tree will have an impact on which species are suitable. If the tree is there to provide privacy or block an unsightly view, then faster growing trees will achieve that more quickly. Evergreen trees will provide year-round protection. If looking for something to provide shade, then a broadleaved tree with a tall, rounded or vase-shaped canopy where the branches are high enough to walk under are ideal. If the tree is simply there to make the area look more attractive, then there are ornamental species which may have attractive blossoms, brightly colored berries, beautiful leaf color in the fall, or unusual bark. The climate and soil Some trees thrive better in certain climates and soil types than others. Tropical trees will struggle in cold environments while other types will struggle to absorb enough moisture in hot, dry areas. The soil type is also important. Some varieties like rich, acidic soil, others dry, alkaline soil. Some trees can grow in really wet soil, which can have a detrimental effect on many species. Other factors Householders should also consider their personal circumstances. If there are young children, thorny trees are likely to be unsuitable, as are ones with attractive looking, but poisonous berries. Pets may also need to be taken into account as some tree types can be harmful to animals. Homeowners should also be honest about how much time they want to put into caring for the trees and garden. Some trees shed large amounts of twigs, or produce large, unsightly, sticky or spiky seeds that drop in fall. These will require regular clearing to keep the garden tidy and also to prevent disease such as root rot. Ornamental trees may require a lot of pruning to maintain their shape and attractiveness. New trees should be a real, positive investment in your property but, with hundreds of tree species available, selecting the right type can be tricky. Before choosing, speak to a tree care specialist, who will be able to recommend the right variety based upon your needs. They can also plant your new trees, giving them the best start in their new home.

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