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11 Pro Tips for Strategically Planting Trees on Your Property

1 Pro Tips for Strategically Planting Trees

Proper placement of trees depends on their needs and yours. Consider their water, sunlight, and spatial requirements, as well as your need for shade, curb appeal, or protection from the weather. There are numerous benefits to planting trees in a yard. Trees help fight climate change, purify the air, improve the soil, help prevent flooding, reduce noise, absorb pollution, lower air temperature, reduce energy bills, and help sustain wildlife. Plus, studies indicate that trees have a significant impact on several aspects of human health. Planting trees in the right spot maximizes the benefits you can reap from them, and helps prevent future problems, like intrusive roots. Beyond USDA plant hardiness zone guidelines, water and light requirements, and mature size of the tree, some top considerations include aesthetics, canopy height and spread, growth rate, soil type, yard size, and so much more. The first question landscape designer Patrick Corken with Eagle Creek Nursery & Landscape asks customers is: Will the tree be in the front or backyard? He prefers smaller trees for the front. “You don’t want to block the view of the house from the street. You want to frame the front door for optimal curb appeal.” Additionally, waterlines and electric lines are more likely to run through the front yard than the backyard. Therefore, he says: “Planting big trees in the front creates issues.” Also remember that the size of the lot determines the tree size that landscape designers recommend. Original Article

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Do Trees Talk to Each Other?

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A controversial German forester says yes, and his ideas are shaking up the scientific world. I’m walking in the Eifel Mountains in western Germany, through cathedral-like groves of oak and beech, and there’s a strange