Clients always ask “what kind of tree should I plant”? My first response is “look around your neighborhood and see what trees are doing well”.
The existing environment should be the first consideration. This includes:
- the quality of the soil and the availability of water/irrigation.
- light; intensity and duration
- year round temperatures of cold versus heat tollerance
- air movement
- existing topography (slopes / existing vegetation)
First and foremost is the predicted lifespan of the selected species for planting and the predicted growing width and height. To often neglected is the trees below-ground structure which may interfere with existing walk/driveways or underground utilities. It is also important to consider how the environment may alter the size, growth rate, or maintenance requirements.
- regulations; how close to the street or property lines?
- best time of year for transplanting
- site preparation including irrigation, drainage, soil quality
- pest management; protect from deer, dogs, vandalism
- hazard potential; dropping fruit, leaf litter, dead branches, uprooting
Bay Arborist can implement a tree planting program custom designed for existing situations and site preparations are set forth under ISA tree planting guide-lines. Tree supports can be set in place with a time schedule for tree health check-ups and support removals.