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Name: Allen Kang
Apr 21, 2016 10:08 PM CST
I just finished landscaping my front yard and now I need to figure out what trees to plant in the front flower bed.
Name: June
Rosemont, Ont. (Zone 4a)
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Apr 22, 2016 8:01 AM CST
Hi Allen! There are a few things you need to ask yourself before choosing and planting a tree, such as, will it grow too big and block the view from my window, will it drop messy leaves or fruits onto my lawn or driveway, will it require a lot of pruning, and will the wildlife eat it. I'm not familiar with Australian tree varieties, so I can't give you specific advice, but if you look around your neighbourhood and see what other people have in their front gardens it will give you some clues as to what to plant or not to plant in front of your house.
Name: Deb
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Apr 22, 2016 8:03 AM CST
What do you want in a tree - small, large, shade, fruit, fall color, flowering? And what sun exposure will your site have?
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Name: Elaine
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Apr 22, 2016 8:12 AM CST
You also need to consider the mature size of the tree in relation to its root system.

For one thing, the roots of most trees extend out beyond the range of the branches, so plant it far enough away from your house that it won't get into the foundation or the plumbing.

For another, consider the other plantings around your yard that will eventually have to compete with the tree's roots, and also may now be growing in sun but will be in shade when the tree is bigger.

If you would add your location (city and province??) to your personal profile, it will appear where "Australia" is now. Australia is a big country with a lot of climate differences. Where you are will make a big difference as to what tree you can plant and expect it to survive. eg. I've seen Jacaranda growing in Sydney and they are lovely, but I'm not sure they'll grow in Perth, or Melbourne or Cairns.

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