Tips for Choosing a Tree for Your Yard

What to consider when choosing a tree.person trimming tree

If you are landscaping your yard, then adding fresh greenery is a great way to boost the aesthetic appeal of your property.  Planting trees is a popular way to create visual interest and add value to your home.  But selecting a tree requires much more thought than simply choosing whatever looks the prettiest.  Here are some of the things to consider when choosing a tree for your yard.

Match the Tree to Your Climate

Before you start looking at your tree options, you need to think about the weather and growing conditions that your home is subject to.  For instance, if your home is located in an area that is prone to dry weather, then you should choose a tree that can survive in hot temperatures and drier soil conditions.  Trying to make a tree grow in a climate that it is not suited for will only result in a waste of time and money, so make sure that the tree you choose can thrive in your climate.

Determine the Tree’s Purpose

When choosing a tree, you also need to think about what you want your tree to do.  While your primary goal might be increasing the visual appeal of your home, trees can have other purposes as well.  For instance, they can accomplish the following:

  • Filter out pollutants
  • Reduce noise
  • Shield your home from wind
  • Shade your home from the sun
  • Create shady outdoor areas
  • Block unpleasant views
  • Increase the market value of your property
  • Reduce glare from surrounding structures
  • Minimize precipitation runoff

Once you determine what you want your trees to do, select a type of tree that has these characteristics.

What to Look for in a Tree

Once you have selected the perfect type of tree to plant in your yard, you need to know how to tell a healthy tree from a dud.  When choosing a tree to plant, look for the following characteristics:

  • Strong trunk
  • Firmly attached branches originating from separate points on the tree
  • A balanced spacing of branches
  • Lack of intertwined growth
  • Strong root system encased in an appropriately sized container
  • Absence of disease and/or damage

These are some of the factors to consider when choosing a tree to plant in your yard.  Want to protect your home and property?  Then make sure you have the right homeowners insurance in place.  For assistance with all your coverage needs, contact the experts at ISU-Wissink Insurance today.