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Planting Trees: A Costly Landscaping Decision?

By January 24, 2013

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Steve Nix observes that "the number one reason people plant trees in their yard is that trees have become 'necessary to maintain a public image of the appropriate setting for single family houses.' (Schmid) There are social pressures to plant a tree in one's yard."

While I recognize the importance of increasing one's property value (with an eye to selling one's home, eventually), I still can't help but feel uncomfortable with such a reason for planting trees. I see a new tree as a (hopefully) long-term companion in my landscape. Consequently, I feel that I should be planting a tree because its qualities excite me.

As I finish transplanting a tree, tamping down the soil and watering to eliminate any air pockets, I want to be looking ahead to enjoying such qualities as:

Of course, you should, by all means, make a list of unacceptable qualities, too, before planting trees, so that you may obviate costly problems in the future by making sound decisions in the present. For example, About.com's Forestry Guide notes that many avoid planting the following trees as being too messy:

  1. Ginkgo biloba females
  2. Sweetgums that produce gumballs
  3. Mimosa trees
  4. Bradford pear
  5. Mulberry trees

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Comments

January 25, 2013 at 11:25 am
(1) Alvin Payne says:

Planting trees could be costly. But well worth it. Have you heard of those special pots that stop the root from growing? It doesn’t kill the plant, it just stops the root from growing to make for easier transportation. This can be very useful if you want to transport trees for your endeavors in landscaping.

February 3, 2013 at 2:13 pm
(2) Bruce says:

I think if more people planted trees it could help replenish the dwindling quantity, there are even non-profits dedicated to the cause. Is there any reason not to?

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