Backyard Landscaping Ideas

Backyard Landscaping

Our backyards are a space to enjoy the outdoors and time with family, but nosy neighbors and a scorching sun can ruin the fun. Planting trees that provide privacy and shade is one way to make your yard what you want it to be.

What to Consider When Planting a Tree

When deciding what kinds of trees to plant in your yard, there are several factors that need to come into consideration that they go beyond simple aesthetics.  In addition to allowance, the climate that you live in compared to the climate from which the tree originates, and the growth potential and needs of the trees.  Try to choose tree species that are local to your area or have the same climate in which you live, or in other words the tree is zoned to grow in your area. A simple search for climate zones will reveal what tree ratings would thrive where you live. As you consider the growth potential, think about whether the function of the tree will be to provide privacy or shade.

Good Trees for Privacy

When you want a little privacy,  coniferous trees that have needles instead of leaves that remain all year round make them good choices. Check out these three trees that are good for privacy:

The Eastern Red Cedar

The Eastern Red Cedar is a tall and broad, averaging 60 feet high and 20 feet in circumference at maturity. This is a tree where the size of your yard is a major consideration. Being a coniferous tree, the Eastern Red Cedar will provide your yard with a clearly defined perimeter year round.

The Hybrid Willow

The Hybrid Willow is a deciduous tree that at maturity reaches between 35-45 feet when planted in rows, and 75 feet when planted alone. They maintain a height that appears attractive in most mid-sized yards when planted about five feet apart. The Hybrid Willow also grows fast, at a rate of 6-12 feet per year.

The Leyland Cypress

The Leyland Cypress is another coniferous tree that grows between 40-60 feet high when planted in rows, and 70 feet when planted alone, making it a great choice for large yards. These trees are predominantly found in coastal areas and has a shallow root system, so it does well in well-draining yards.

Good Trees for Shade

The best trees for shade are large deciduous trees that grow throughout the United States. Here are some of the top choices:

Oak Trees

Oak trees grow between 70-80 feet tall and up to 80 feet wide at full maturity, making them awesome sources of shade. As America’s tree, there are over 60 species that are native to the United States, so finding one local to your area shouldn’t be difficult.

The Gingko

Ginko trees are the oldest species of tree on Earth, growing for over 200 million years.  Be sure to select a “male” Ginkgo tree for your yard, as “female” trees produce sticky, smelly fruit.

The Maple

Bright red maples produce the quintessential fall colors, especially Blaze Maples. Growing between 40-60 feet tall at maturity, providing ample shade along with color to your yard. Maples don’t produce fruit or other odd smells making them pleasant trees all around.

Trees bring beauty, shade, and privacy to our yards, and these varieties are just a few of the many options available to prospective planters. Regardless of what your reasons are for wanting one or a few new trees to grace your property, you are sure to enjoy many happy years of watching your trees flourish and make your backyard a space to enjoy.

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