Tips for Selecting Landscaping Trees

Without a doubt, a well-planned landscape can add beauty and value to a home. And when it comes to planning one’s landscape, there are numerous species of trees from which to choose. While a large selection can certainly give the property owner an advantage, it’s also possible that it may, at times, also make selection of the right tree a daunting and overwhelming task. So, what are some basic considerations for selecting the landscaping trees for one’s property?

When selecting trees for your property, it’s important to first consider the size of the tree at maturity. Many trees may be quite eye-catching while they are small and growing in containers in the nursery. This initial appeal may be amplified for those trees that may have beautiful blooms. But what dimensions should be anticipated when the tree is fully grown? Is it a species known to be small or large? Sometimes homeowners fail to consider what the long-term growth implications may be for the trees they select. Always be certain to consider this important factor when selecting trees for your property.

It’s equally important to consider the overall size of the property. If the property is large, selecting trees that are too small may not help achieve any desired aesthetic effect the homeowner hopes to accomplish with the landscaping. The trees may appear to be scattered too few and far between. An inappropriately selected tree planted in the wrong location could potentially devalue the property. On the contrary, if the property is small, selecting one or more trees that grow to large dimensions at maturity may crowd the property (or that of a neighbor) at best or may cause structural damage at worst. Large trees that grow on small properties have potential to affect foundations, septic systems, rooftops, privacy fences, and more.

When selecting trees for one’s landscape, a property owner should also consider the purpose(s) of the tree. Is the addition of a tree purely aesthetic? Is it purely functional? Is it a combination? Certain trees lend themselves to specific purposes, and this may help the homeowner determine the best tree for their property. For instance, if the tree is strictly for beautification, a homeowner may select a tree that presents beautiful blooms, such as a dogwood or a crabapple, throughout the year. Perhaps the homeowner would like a tree that serves a functional purpose, such as a large oak planted strategically to either shade the home during the hot summer months or to block the harsh winter winds. Perhaps the homeowner would like a tree that is both aesthetically pleasing and functional, such as planting a maple to shelter the home and provide beautiful fall foliage, or an evergreen that also provides some manner of shelter to the home and provides beautiful color to the property during the often bleak winter months when deciduous trees have lost their once-colorful leaves. Consult an Austin tree trimming specialist to help determine the best species of trees suitable for the desired purposes.

These are just a few things to consider when selecting landscaping trees. There may be other considerations necessary for a homeowner to make. These may include average temperatures, precipitation, and soil conditions specific to the area of the country in which a homeowner lives. An Austin tree removal specialist can assist with this information, as well as assist with any additional questions or concerns a homeowner may have when it comes to selecting the right tree for the landscaping goals he or she hopes to achieve.

About the Author: Andrew Johnson is the owner of Central Texas Tree Care, a leading provider of Austin tree services in Central Texas. Certified ISA Austin arborist services including: tree trimming, tree removal, tree care and stump removal. For more information on Austin tree service please visit

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