Treescaping Your Home

Before you decide where your trees should go, you should first identify areas of the yard where you need to accomplish a certain goal.

In the woods, nature chooses random places for trees.  In a yard, a more methodical approach is required. The placement of trees determines, how well, different sizes, shapes, and colors harmonize with one another and flatter your home.

Consider:

Shelter – plant shade trees to cool your home and conserve energy.  Properly placed trees can reduce home energy consumption up to 15% by providing shade for roofs, walls and windows. Shade trees include: Maples, Oak , Lindens,  Honey Locust, and Tulip Trees to name just a few.

Adding value to your home – trees strengthen the maturity and marketability of your home.  Correct placement of trees allows you to celebrate your home’s architecture. They provide the ultimate “curb appeal” by impressing buyers before they even walk into your home. Consider Autumn Blaze/ Fantasy Maple, Honey Locust, Beech, Serviceberry …

Screening and Privacy – Plant trees to screen undesirable views and to provide a privacy buffer.  White cedar is known for its year round screening.  Fast growing, and easily pruned to the height and width you require.  Others to consider are Hornbeam, Yews, Spruce…

Accent – An accent tree can contribute a lot to a garden’s design. Trees with attractive flowers and berries can become a focal point during their blooming season. Ornamental trees can include Japanese Maple, Stewartia, Hydrangea Standard, Flowering Dogwood, Crabapple