Planting Trees – Start at the beginning

If you want a hassle free, yet beautiful yard, tree selection is a priority, as is the location you plant them. 

First, if you want easy to maintain gardens, consult with your local nursery as to what trees drop a lot of foliage and try to avoid these.  Trees that have large seeds or other nuts, pits or kernels can especially cause problems.  You may also want to consider the trees leaves as certain times of years will leave your yard covered and pavement areas littered with leaves.  Palms can also be an issue for people by dropping nuts and their large palm leaves which are harder to dispose of.

Also consider the spread of the canopy as some trees may end up wider than you realised and dropping branches on areas you would prefer them not to.

This is where choosing the right location becomes a necessity.   Try to avoid planting large trees near roof lines, especially if not on reticulated water.  Planting them away from any structures, or areas that you may want to enjoy free of leaves and branches is also preferred. 

Initially, if the tree requires care and attention, make sure that is located in an area that can be provided proper irrigation.

Random Tree Fact Trees are thirsty

Everyone knows that trees require water to live, but how much?  It has been estimated that some of the larger trees can use up to 100’s of litres EVERY DAY.  And it doesn’t even require a bathroom break!

So what does it do with all the water?  It’s discharged back into the air, with broken down to its component as oxygen (that’s why trees are so good for the environment), or even as water vapour.  

This allows them to lower air temperature and of course provides much needed oxygen to our environment.

Everybody knows that trees need water and of course love a good natural down pour, but how much water do you give them when it’s dry (and there’s no water restrictions of course)/  Well to be honest, an established tree can soak up quite a bit but there is also the general take up factor from the tree.  While the root system is designed to draw water into the tree itself from the ground around it, much of that water will leach into the surrounding soil, going to waste.  SO be careful when you read that this particular plant or tree requires X amount of water to live, thrive and survive.  It is recommended that you first check with that particular source as to whether that is how much water to put into the soil around the tree, or how much the tree can draw on a daily basis.  Too much water and you can cause root rot, not enough and the plant or tree will not grow as efficiently.  This is especially important in younger plants as the are more susceptible to the conditions around them and will die easier from both the lack water and too much (again, root rot) as the roots are not old or mature enough to draw that water in and out of the soil.  A good indication is to check the soil around the tree after a few days of watering.  If it remains mushy, especially after dry weather, than the moisture isn’t being drawn up or dissipating.  Ideally, it is better to water a little each day to give the plant a chance to use the water there than to over water once a week or every few days.