The Q&A Archives: Choosing Landscape Trees

Question: I have a new yard with only one tree that the builder put in. I need to plant some trees for summer shade and to block winter winds. Suggestions?

Answer: Good summer shade trees are Norway Maple, Pin Oak and Hackberry, and for winter windbreak, consider Norway Spruce and Scotch Pine. To decide where to plant trees for most useful effect in terms of temperature and wind regulation, consult with a landscaper or a book on landscaping. Proper placement and initial care at planting can make all the difference. Before planting your trees, check soil conditions (drainage and soil type - i.e. clay, sand, gravel, etc.) and use this information to choose the species that will tolerate those conditions. Local nurseries are also great sources of information and plant material, and offer a place to take a look at the candidates. Hope this helps!

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