Safe, Injury-Free Tree Maintenance: Tips for DIY Work

Welcome to my blog. My name is Kerry, and I love to do DIY work around the home. While painting high ceilings and putting in garden beds seems to be easy for me, I find climbing into a tree with a saw to trim branches very scary and potentially dangerous. Luckily, over the years, I have gotten past the fear and have found ways to service my trees safely and efficiently without risking grave injury to myself. Sometimes, I admit that I have to call in the pros, but I'll help you identify when that's a necessity as well. Take a look at these posts. I hope they move, entertain and inform you.

Choosing the Perfect Trees to Enhance Your Residential Landscape


If your residential landscape is looking a little plain, you should think about adding a tree to the property. In general, a tree will add visual interest to the boring outdoor space. Moreover, if you choose the right tree, you can enjoy other benefits in addition to the improved aesthetics. For instance, some trees will provide a perfect shaded spot for relaxation. You can also plant a tree that produces fruits or nuts. The right type of tree for your needs will depend on your vision and preference. Here are simple guidelines on selecting the perfect tree.

Consider the Local Climate

You should consider the climate in your area before choosing a landscaping tree. The climate will dictate the growth conditions. If you purchase a tree incompatible with the environment, it will not grow as expected. For instance, some trees will only grow in colder areas while others will die without sufficient warmth and sun exposure. Therefore, when choosing trees, it is advisable to opt for plants that are known to grow in the local climatic conditions. Where possible, you should plant indigenous trees.

Think About Potential Placement

It is important to think about the specific area you intend to plant your tree. This is an important consideration when choosing the specific species. This issue is of particular significance if you are planning on planting the tree close to your house. Some trees have extremely deep root systems that spread quite far. If you plant this type of tree close to your house, it might damage your foundation. In this type of situation, you should opt for a tree with simple root systems. If you intend to place the tree in an open area, you can be more adventurous in your selection.

Determine the Mature Size

You should discuss the mature size of the plant with your specialist supplier or dealer. When purchasing your tree from a nursery, it will be most likely in the form of a small growing plant or seedling. Often, people choose plants without taking into account their spread when they mature. If you plant a tree which grows into a monstrosity over time, you could experience a lot of inconveniences. For instance, the spreading tree could tower over your house and cause damage to your roof. In other cases, it might encroach on your neighbour's property. Therefore, inquire about the projected height and spread.

Finally, you must check on the maintenance requirements for your preferred landscaping trees and ensure that you can meet the demands. Talk to your local landscape tree suppliers for more information.


27 March 2019