Landscape Design Planning

Plants are a few of the most convenient (and most sustainable) ways to make a landscape more lively and welcoming. Planting the best tree for the best location helps make sure that your tree will live a healthy life for years to come. The most effective designs are those that are carefully prepared and where climate and ecological aspects have been taken into consideration.

This guide will start you on the path to creating a healthy and functional yard using trees and shrubs.

Plan Before you Plant

What do you want? First thing to do is identify your reason for planting the tree. Here are some of the most typical reasons trees are planted in a landscaping plan.


Do you want to add shade to your yard? Select a tree with a broad canopy that will cast a huge shadow.


If you want to enhance your curb appeal, think about planting something with dynamic color or special texture. Ornamental and flowering trees are a terrific start.


There is terrific satisfaction in harvesting your own fruits, nuts, or citrus trees. And you do not have to wait 10 years to profit. Lots of fruit trees are available in dwarf ranges and can bear fruit in as low as 3-5 years.


Trees work well as a privacy screen and soften harsh landscapes. They also last longer and are more inexpensive then setting up a traditional fence. With many fast-growing privacy tree options, it’s tough not to include more green to your yard.


Wildlife are a sure way to bring life to any landscape. Whether its birds, deer, squirrels, or bunnies, there is a tree for every animal.

Once you understand why you are planting a tree, you can start browsing trees from that category that will assist you in achieving what you want.

Selecting your Trees

There are numerous factors to consider when choosing the right tree for the ideal location. You shouldn’t only look for trees that are compatible to your area, you should aslo consider things that could affect the long term health of your new trees.

Direct Sun Exposure

How much or how little sun your tree requires will help determine which side of your house to plant on, or which tree is suitable for your designated planting area. Not considering direct sun exposure can lead to a tree that wilts out or a tree that passes away from not being able to photosynthesize.


As the saying goes, “look up, look down, look all around.” How large will your tree become with it’s fully grown? How far will the roots spread out? Select an area that is appropriate for the size of your tree when it reaches maturity. And remember, not to plant too near to homes, energy lines, driveways, and other structures that can be harmed.

Pro Tip: If you’re not exactly sure how far to plant from structures, a safe rule is to divide the height of the fully grown tree in half and plant it that distance from your home. If your tree will reach 40 feet high, then plant it around 20 feet away from your home. Always err on the side of safety.


Another essential element to consider at your planting site is the amount of moisture your tree will get. Make certain to plant in a space that has sufficient drainage and will receive sufficient moisture when watered.

Designing your Landscape

As soon as you’ve picked the appropriate planting site and tree( s), it’s time to design your landscape. Trees and shrubs combine well together to add texture and dimension to your landscape. Diversity is key when it concerns planting. Select a variety of species and inter-plant them to decrease the chance of pests and illness. Native types tend to do much better in regards to life durability and health. Plant diversity is healthier for your trees, however it will also produce spectacular designs.

As you’re designing your landscape, think of the color and form the trees and shrubs will grow into. Don’t hesitate to blend evergreens with deciduous trees and shrubs.

Have a look at these landscape design plans developed by expert landscape architects. These do it yourself plans are easy to use and will enhance the look of your home, backyard, driveway, or garden.

Pro Tips:

– Mulch your trees after they are planted. Not just will it make your tree stand apart, but mulch is very important to maintaining moisture in the soil and avoiding the spread of disease.

– Incorporate (existing) mature trees and (brand-new) young trees into your design.

– Plant types that work with one another including shade-loving species that will flourish under the shade of a tree.

There are numerous advantages to landscaping with trees. In addition to developing a striking landscape, your trees will increase the value of your home, lower house cooling and heating expenses, get rid of pollutants from the air, cut storm water overflow, and help alleviate stress. Planting a tree is a little show, with a big effect.

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