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4 Great Uses for Landscape Trees

Deciduous and evergreen trees are very important in our landscaped environments. They provide both intrinsic and extrinsic value. Trees come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and textures. Also, within each species, cultivars have been bred out to over-emphasize some of the stunning characteristics listed above. Knowing these characteristics prior to planting can keep the maintenance of your trees to a minimum by ensuring each tree is planted in a specific location to serve a specific purpose. This, in turn ensures many decades of growth for the future. Listed below are a few uses and recommendation for trees in each particular space.
 

Providing Shade:

Large, mature trees provide a landscape with abundant shade and keep temperatures both inside the house and beneath the trees cooler in summer months. A mature shade tree can effectively lower utility bills up to 11.4% (Martin 2008). Species suited to provide abundant shade include: Oaks, Maples, Magnolias, Ashes, and Beech trees. When choosing a species, be sure to note the mature size of the tree and plant accordingly half of the mature distance away from the house.

Architecturally Frame a Site:

Trees planted in the right location can really add a sense of symmetry to a landscape. With the various cultivars we now have, trees can maintain a similar growth habit throughout its life that accentuates and frames a site. If a house is set back far from the street, utilizing trees of various shapes, sizes, and tier heights can really become an effective landscape tool to add emphasis to a house while gracefully adorning a site. Particular trees to utilize for unique growth habits include both understory and overstory trees: Mix up Dogwoods, Redbuds, Maples, Birches, Magnolias, Poplars, and Pin Oaks.

Privacy Screens:

Trees are a very effective way to create a privacy screen. Here, the trick is to determine if you need privacy year round, or if a deciduous tree will work for you. Typically, evergreen trees are best suited to create a thick mass or "green wall" throughout the entire year. Popular evergreen trees include: Hollies, Leyland Cypress, Eastern Red Cedars, Japanese Cedars, White Pines, Magnolias, Bald Cypress, and Arborvitaes.

Characteristic Accents:

Trees have evolved into some of the largest, most-massive, and longest-lived organisms on the face of the planet (Shigo). During their rise to fame, many distinct characteristic accents have developed along the way. Bark textures, leaves, flowers, and colors now attract both people and wildlife alike. Carefully choosing trees with unique attributes can allow a site to remain full of interest year-round. Particular notable trees include: Elms, Paperbark Maples, River Birches, Magnolias, Japanese Maples, Dawn Redwoods, Bald Cypress, Black Pines, and Bur Oaks.

Community Tree Preservation provides honest, professional tree and arborist services to Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin, Murfreesboro and the surrounding Middle Tennessee area. We are happy to consult with you about how to use trees on your home or upcoming projects. We also provide all Tree Services needed to care for and manage your trees. Please contact us anytime with questions or need for service: Call Us (615) 832-2410 or Email Us admin@communitytreepreservation.com

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