Thinking of planting a tree in your yard? Proper tree placement is the key. There is more to planting a tree than just digging a hole and putting a tree in it. This will help you decide not only which tree you plant, but where you plant it.
This picture was taken right after renovations were completed on the Walmart storefront. Clearly the landscape design was drawn up in an office somewhere else, and not much foresight went into this palm installation. The problem was corrected soon after this picture was taken.
PLAN BEFORE YOU PLANT!
Trees can be a valuable asset to your property, but if they are planted incorrectly, or in the wrong spot, they can quickly become a big problem. For instance, planting a tree with an invasive root system like a Laurel oak, too close to your driveway, can cause your driveway to crack and raise. Planting a fast growing tree, with brittle wood like a Red maple, too close to your house, can create a situation where branches frequently fall and hit the roof.
On the other hand, if you plant that same fast growing Red maple far enough away from your house, you will be able to enjoy the dramatic color change it goes through in the fall, for many years to come.
DO YOUR HOMEWORK.
It is important to understand the growth habits, size capabilities, and space requirements for a tree BEFORE you plant it in the ground. We frequently meet with people who planted trees too close to their home, because it was so small when they planted it, and they never knew it would get as big as it did. Unfortunately, in these circumstances, there is little that can be done, other than removal.
Another thing to consider is, sunlight. Some trees require lots of sun in order to thrive, while others do not. This is important, because a sun deprived tree will never grow to its full potential.
A good resource for information on what trees to plant in Florida is The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences website.