Q. What tree do you think I should plant?
A. Before this question can be answered, a number of factors need to be considered. Think about the following questions:
- Why is the tree being planted? Do you want the tree to provide shade, fruit, seasonal color or act as a windbreak or screen? Maybe more than one of the above?
- What is the size and location of the planting site? Does the space lend itself to a large, medium, or small tree? Are there overhead or below ground wires or utilities in the vicinity? Do you need to consider clearance for sidewalks, patios or driveways? Are there other trees in the area?
- What type of soil conditions exist? Is the soil deep, fertile and well drained or is it shallow, compacted and infertile?
- What type of maintenance are you willing to provide? Do you have time to water, fertilize and prune the newly planted tree until it is established, or will you be relying on your garden or tree service for assistance?