Landscaping Around Trees

A Few Thoughts On Landscaping Around Trees

There are several good reasons for landscaping around trees. For one thing, it usually looks good. The right landscaping can also be good for the tree, and if the trees are in the lawn, landscaping can often make lawn mowing easier while protecting the tree at the same time. Landscaping often includes mulching, though it doesn't necessarily have to. But between mulch, types of border, or plantings, there are all sorts of different possibilities. The size and type of tree involved, as well as its location, can also play a role in what the landscaping might consist of.

Paint The Door And Landscape The Trees - If one is going to do some landscaping around trees with aesthetics in mind, the main considerations are what to put around the base of the tree, mulch, plants or both, and what kind of a border will look best. Trees with a bit of landscaping added can not only be pleasing to the eye, but can add to the value of one's property should the house be put of for sale. Some realtor's will tell you that one of the best things you can do when attempting to sell a house is to make certain the front door is freshly varnished or painted. That gives a prospective buyer a favorable first impression. Thinking along those same lines, some landscaping around trees, especially larger trees in the yard, and especially in the front yard, can greatly add to the appearance of your property, indicating that not just the house, but the yard and garden as well, have been the subject of some tender loving care.

Borders - If a tree is located in a gravel or asphalt parking area, rocks can always be used as the landscape border. Rocks look particularly good on gravel. They look fine on a lawn too, but can make lawn mowing difficult and one often has to trim around the rocks separately with a hand trimmer. It's probably best to save rocks for places where grass is not growing. If the tree is in the lawn, a border that is flush with the surface is usually the best choice. If the border sticks up above the surface, the grass will have to be trimmed by hand, but if there are only one or two trees that may not be a problem. Large timbers, such as railroad ties, can make excellent borders, particularly if you wish to have some perennials, or even annuals, around the base of the tree. Some plants do not grow well under a tree's drip line, and most plants will not do well under pine trees and a few other types. If you have the right type of tree and the right kind of plants though, a few small bushes or flowers around a tree can be very appealing.

Besides timbers and rocks, other types of borders are made of plastic, wood, and metal. If using a metal border, make sure it's galvanized unless a rust color fits into your scheme. Wood may look nicest, but will eventually rot and require replacement. It's inexpensive though and will usually last a few years, especially if it's treated.  Plastic is good for a border you want to be flush with the lawn. Little fences or lattice work can look nice, but can be a pain to keep weed free.

Mulch - Placing mulch around the base of a tree looks nice, and is usually good for the tree. An organic mulch is best in some cases, especially if you want to keep the ground moist, which is of course beneficial to the tree. Don't allow mulch to pile up around the trunk however, as that invites disease and pests, so is not good for the tree, especially a small or young tree. One can put a thick layer of mulch around the base of a tree, but keep it from actually contacting the trunk.

Flamingos - Landscaping around trees can be as simple as placing circular borders around the base of each tree, where the diameter of each border is not all that much larger than the diameter of the tree it surrounds. Though not fancy, this approach is attractive, and also helps protect the tree from constantly being run into by the lawn mower, while at the same time saving mowing and trimming time. At the other extreme, you can landscape around a large tree or a group of trees, with the landscaped area taking up quite a few square feet, featuring a variety of flowers or bushes, and having a rock, building stone, or timber border. If the area is large enough, you might even add a pink flamingo or two!  The hardest part about landscaping around trees might be like the hardest part of painting on canvas, deciding what the first stroke should be.



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