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Trees are an important part of landscaping. When thriving they make a beautiful contribution to the garden. Adding trees to your landscape, whether it is one specimen tree or a grouping of a certain variety, will greatly improve the appearance and value of your property. Trees can create shady spots perfect for a bench or table. They can block winds and add privacy. Depending on the variety they can also add color and interest to your yard. Think about whether you want an evergreen, deciduous or flowering tree.

Choosing the right tree is crucial. You'll need to consider many factors when selecting a tree and deciding where to plant it. Among them are knowing its mature size and whether or not it will drop debris. One of the biggest landscaping mistakes is improper tree placement. For example, a tree with surface roots can destroy paving, while a tree that grows taller than expected can interfere with power lines or block views.

Begin the tree selection process by looking around your neighborhood for trees you find attractive and that appear to be doing well. Take photos of these trees and do research on them. Consider the areas of your garden that would benefit from a tree and select a tree that is suited to this spot. It is a good idea to hire a landscape professional to help you select trees for your property. They have experience with many tree types and will be able to tell you what will and won't work.

Once your trees have been selected and planted they will need to be cared for properly. Providing the right amount of water is probably the most crucial maintenance concern when it comes to trees. Most trees require occasional deep watering, but familiarize yourself with your tree's specific needs. Other maintenance considerations include mulching, fertilizing and pruning.

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In this section, you'll find tips from landscaping professionals on:

  • Seven steps to the perfectly planted tree, from choosing the right species to watering after planting.
  • Rules of thumb for digging a hole size large enough to accommodate a tree's root ball.
  • How to water a tree after planting to prevent the root ball from drying out.
  • How to avoid transplant shock and how to rehabilitate a tree that's failing to thrive.
  • The right type of backfill to use to cover tree roots.
  • Four ideas for grouping trees to frame views, accent a walkway, create interest and add drama.
  • The top 10 trees for adding striking beauty to a landscape
  • Ideas for landscaping with olive trees, which grow especially well in the coastal areas of California.
  • The top 10 trees that will tolerate wet conditions and high water tables.
  • Suggestions for good landscaping trees for small gardens having limited planting space.

With each mature tree potentially adding thousands of dollars of value to your home, you can't afford to make an uneducated decision. It's a good idea to hire a landscape professional to help you select the best trees for your property and growing conditions. They have experience with many tree types and will be able to tell you what will and won't work.

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