The right tree can provide decades of beauty and shade. The wrong one could give you decades of misery. If you’re updating your landscaping, follow these tips before selecting any plants. You’ll save money, achieve better results and avoid common mistakes.
- Think about where you want to add new plants. How much space do you have? What’s nearby? Many understory and canopy species are not suitable for planting close to buildings, sidewalks, parking lots, roadways, utility lines or outdoor light fixtures. Some smaller species like Carolina laurels have aggressive root systems, so you wouldn’t want to plant them near your swimming pool or septic system.
- Get to know the soil. In Tampa, the soil is usually sandy and alkaline, but you shouldn’t guess. Have the county extension perform a soil analysis. It’s an inexpensive and effective way to discover what’s happening underground. Check the drainage and moisture level in the area that you want to landscape.
- Some landscape specimens look beautiful at the nursery, but they require substantial maintenance at home. Palms and hedges need regular trimming to look their best. Some specimens drop copious amounts of fruits, leaves and twigs that require frequent cleaning. Other plants are prone to breakage, so they must be trimmed for safety. Are you prepared for these seasonal chores?
- If you live less than an eighth of a mile from the shore in Palm Harbor, you’ll need to find shrubs that can tolerate salt spray and strong winds. Native plants are an excellent, proven choice, and they help to create habitats for birds and wildlife.
Selecting Valuable Landscape Species
Keeping this information in mind, make a list of the most important attributes for you. Consider shade value, appearance, maintenance, drought tolerance, salt resistance, size, flowers, fruits and lifespan. The University of Florida Hillsborough County Extension has a comprehensive list of suitable species. You can also find information about plants that are discouraged or invasive. If you need assistance with any tree trimming or removal our certified arborists are here to help. Learn more about our services online or by calling Warner Tree Service at 727-478-2864.