The Q&A Archives: When to Plant Trees

Question: I just bought a house that faces east/west. East is backyard. There is a Mulberry tree in the backyard (20ft) that needs pruning. There aren't any trees in front yard to shade large front porch. What and when should I plant in front yard for shade and color?

Answer: Rather than suggest particular plant material, I'll offer you some guidelines for making an educated choice. First, have the soil tested. This will help you narrow your choices to the trees that thrive in your soil conditions. Also, find out if the water table is near the surface, or if there's bedrock or something that will interfere with trees that have deep taproots. Also, think of a tree as part of your entire landscape. The tree will also create shade on your front lawn, so make sure your grass/plantings are appropriate for shade. Do you want a blooming tree, an evergreen, a mixture? Spring flowers, fall color? Once you've had an opportunity to do some research and think more about what you want, visit our website again and we'll help you to choose an appropriate tree(s). You can plant trees this fall, up to six weeks before frost, or in the spring.

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