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.

Tips for Winter Yard Maintenance

For homeowners in parts of the world that experience all four seasons, the do’s and don’ts of yard maintenance can vary considerably throughout the year. In some ways, winter provides a respite from ongoing yard maintenance, as plants do not grow and the yard may be blanketed in snow. That said, homeowners should always consult their winter yard maintenance checklist to make sure they have not overlooked anything.

Several important yard maintenance tips should be followed before the start of winter. Prior to the first frost of the season, for example, homeowners should fully aerate and re-fertilize their lawns, allowing the yard to breathe and settle before going dormant. Fertilization is especially important, as the nutrients stored over winter will facilitate healthy growth when the warm months return. Without these steps, homeowners may encounter weeds and pests in the spring before they see any green grass.

Similarly, homeowners should go into winter with clean yards. Allowing piles of autumn leaves or discarded kindling to sit for several months is essentially inviting disease into the lawn and any surrounding flowerbeds.

Another important step toward maintaining lawn integrity during the winter involves minimizing yard traffic. Even the healthiest lawn is vulnerable during the cold winter months, and excessive foot traffic can weaken grass and plant strength going into the next season.