Whether you like them leafy, drooping, flowering or feathering, you have many options for shade trees. Before heading over to the local nursery to pick a sapling, here are three things you need to consider first:
Why you need the extra shade makes a difference in which tree you choose and where you plant it. If your goal is to reduce summer cooling costs, then plant the tree on the West or South side of your home. Unless you choose a weaker, weed-like tree, such as the popular silver maple, it will be about five years before you can sit under it and sip iced tea.
Most species grow an average of 2 feet annually, so the roots and branches need ample room to spread. The biggest mistake home landscapers make is planting a tree too close to the house, fence line, driveway or another tree. The right one fits your space. While you might dream of a sprawling Cypress, Oak, Ash or Magnolia gracing your yard, a strategically placed palm tree can provide ample shade for a window or garden. A tree that is oval shaped or has a rounded canopy also works well in small areas.
Florida’s tropical weather and soil conditions also influence your choices. The Plant Hardiness Growing Zones vary between 8 and 10 along the Suncoast. Consulting our tree experts can help you determine your best options, especially if your property borders two zones.
A single tree planting is often a DIY project. However, expert tree removal services may be needed if you are replacing a dead or diseased large tree. Warner Tree Service can also help you decide which shade trees best fit your space, blend with your current landscaping and reflect your personal taste. Contact us at (727) 478-2864 to schedule a tree planting consultation.