Good Tree Choices for Your Yard

  Brendan Wetzel has served as the owner and president of the Yardley Landscaping and Paving Company for the past 10 years. In this position, Brendan Wetzel oversees a variety of landscaping and seal-coating services throughout the region of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The services of Yardley Landscaping and Paving range from driveway sealant application to tree and shrub planting.

Choosing the correct tree to plant in your yard is an important decision. The aesthetic appeal of individual tree species is a matter of opinion. However, the maintenance demands and benefits or drawbacks of each tree should be considered by homeowners before planting.

Tulip trees represent a good start in the consideration of trees for the yard. Tulip trees have tulip-like blossoms in the spring and striking yellow leaves in the fall. A fast-growing hardwood, tulip trees can quickly offer homeowners a shady respite in the summer. Tulip trees are easily manageable in most climates, though homeowners should consult with landscaping professionals about pests and height issues.

Arborvitae trees, sometimes known as green giants, are a good addition to a yard in need of privacy. These trees can form natural barriers between properties. Further, green giants can thrive in virtually any kind of soil and are a hardy species.

Additional trees to consider include Sun Valley maples and prairifire crabapples, which are especially suited to small properties.

How Deep Should Trees Be Planted?

Pennsylvania entrepreneur Brendan Wetzel is the owner and president of Yardley Landscaping and Paving Company in Bucks County. Under the leadership of Brendan Wetzel, the landscaping company provides numerous services, including tree planting.

When you plant a tree, deeper is not always better. Planting a tree too deeply increases the risk of the tree’s death.

Normally, the roots grow out from the tree in search of water, minerals, and oxygen. However, in soil that is too deep, the roots grow upward and may grow back toward the trunk instead of away from it. As the tree grows and the trunk expands, pressure on the root cuts off nutrients to the tree and slowly strangles it.

To prevent this, trees should be planted only as deep as the root flare. This is the section of the trunk that begins expanding. Once a tree is fully planted, the trunk flare should be only partially visible over the top layer of soil.

All trees have this flare, though spotting it is more difficult in younger plants. When the trunk flare is not obvious, search for the natural curve in the trunk from which the roots branch off of. This curve is the tree’s root flare.