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Tips for Choosing New Landscaping Trees for Your Yard

Tips for Choosing New Landscaping Trees for Your Yard

Trees give every home an aura of elegance and stability. They’re wonderful additions to any landscaping job, not least because they help keep soil erosion at bay. In hot climates, trees can provide shade to protect your house from the sun’s harsh rays, all while freshening up the air around your home. Follow these tips for choosing new landscaping trees for your yard.

Understand Your Growing Zone

The US Department of Agriculture has divided the country into several growing zones designed to help people choose plants appropriate for their climate. For example, you can usually plant an oak tree if you live in zones four through eight. The growing zones are based on average low temperatures during winter, which is important since some trees cannot survive below a certain threshold. Keep in mind that the map was last updated in 2012.

Watch Out for Frosts and Droughts

It’s important to note that the Plant Hardiness Map doesn’t take into account the extreme temperatures in each zone. For example, in the last couple of years, Texas has seen an ice storm and greater snowfall than what is typical for the region; this information isn’t reflected on the map.

Given these extreme conditions, some plants that would normally thrive in Texas have not been able to survive. Therefore, it’s always best to consult a local garden center for recent frost and drought information.

Get a Soil Test

Just like people have favorite foods and places they like to dine, trees have preferred growing locations and conditions. Knowing your property’s soil type can be crucial in ensuring you pick trees that will enjoy living in your yard. If you don’t have ideal tree-growing conditions, a soil test can indicate which adjustments you may need to make.

Know the Local Pests

Just because you’re familiar with how a particular tree behaves in one part of the country doesn’t mean your experience will be identical elsewhere. Sometimes, there are regional pests that make growing certain trees a bad investment, no matter how well the tree is suited for the climate. And even when the pests don’t harm the tree, they may be dangerous to your health.

Test the Outdoor Air Quality

Trees are also like people in that they need good, clean air to survive. If you live in a dense, urban area, you’ll need to focus on planting trees that can tolerate the amount of pollution nearby. Many trees are sensitive to the outdoor air quality and may fare poorly in cities.

Choose Fruits and Nuts You Like

One way to narrow down your options is to think about the fruits, nuts, and berries you like cooking with. By planting a tree that grows things you like to eat, you’ll get more enjoyment out of your investment. Not to mention, you’ll have easy access to fresh produce.

Leave Enough Space

Always make sure your trees will have enough room to grow before planting them. This isn’t just about how large their canopies will grow—root networks also take up a lot of space. You don’t want your trees competing for soil, and you may also want to avoid having your tree’s roots reaching over to someone else’s property or your own home’s foundation.

We hope you find these tips for choosing new landscaping trees for your yard useful. With proper planning, your trees should last for many years to come.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a freelance writer living in Orlando, Florida with many published bylines in magazines, newspapers, and multimedia sites. As a professional lifestyle writer, Karen specializes in art, architecture, design, home interiors and personality profiles. Karen is the writer, producer and host of the streaming series, The Design Tourist ( that brings viewers a global dose of design inspiration with episodes featuring the latest looks and trends from the world’s premiere design events and shows. She also publishes a quarterly magazine on design travel that you can read by clicking the link: Her journalism background includes seven years on-air experience as a TV news reporter and anchor covering a range of issues from education to politics. Her educational credentials include a Master of Arts in Mass Communications from Northeast Louisiana University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Louisiana State University. Throughout her career, Karen has written and produced dozens of documentaries and videos for educational, commercial, corporate, and governmental clients and appeared in many TV and video productions as a professional host.

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Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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