5 simple tips for creating a lasting suburban landscape

Designing or upgrading a landscape can add value to your home and make it a nicer place to live.

But how do you make sure your new landscape is going to last – and won’t require costly modifications after the plants start to grow and spread?

Whether you’re doing a complete redesign of your yard or making a few changes, here are some simple guidelines for making decisions you – and your landscape – can live with.

  1. When planting trees, place them as far away as possible from man-made structures such as sidewalks, patios, driveways and the house itself. This is especially true for large trees like Hemlocks and Oaks, with root structures that need space to spread and grow.

  2. If you’re planting trees in clusters, be sure to use a variety of species. This helps to prevent the spread of insects and diseases, like the Emerald Ash Borer and Dutch Elm Disease, which tend to harm only a single species.

  3. Keep high acidity plants away from low ones. Plants with high acidity – such as Black Walnut trees – have the potential to harm or even kill plants with low acidity, such as conifers or bushes.

  4. Large trees and plants will shade out smaller ones if they’re planted near each other. Some plants provide canopy while others thrive beneath the canopy. Know which is which, and place them accordingly so all of your plants get the sunlight they need as they mature.

  5. When digging near or around existing trees, avoid disrupting the root system. Arborists liken tree roots to human appendages; damaging them can cause major issues and shorten a tree’s life.


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