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Trees are some of the most important aspects of a residential landscape. In addition to providing beauty and tranquility to a property, they can also provide ample shade, which reduces heating and cooling costs while increasing property values. For residential properties with little to no trees on the site, adding trees can be a worthy investment.

However, before choosing or adding a tree to your property, it's important to consider all the factors that can impact the tree planting process so the tree has the best chance for success and health over the years. Today's Embark Services blog focuses on three factors to consider when adding a tree to your residential property, and how Embark Services can help with the tree planting process.

Tree Species

The first factor to consider is what kind of tree is needed or wanted for the property. Some property owners may prefer evergreen trees so the landscape is not littered with falling leaves in the autumn and winter months. For others, getting the maximum amount of shade during the summer is the biggest priority. Property owners may also desire exotic trees for aesthetic purposes, but may be unsure if they can be planted in Texas. Property owners should first consider their specific needs and then consult with Certified Arborists who can recommend the tree species that fit those criteria. Otherwise, property owners could be stuck with a tree that doesn't really meet their needs or grow well in our climate.

Tree Size

Another important factor that should be weighed before any tree is purchased or planted is the size of the tree. While all trees might look the same when they're young saplings, their rate of growth, final height, canopy size, and root system expansion can vary greatly among tree species. Property owners should realize that larger trees often require more maintenance, since special equipment may be necessary to perform services such as Tree Pruning or Debris Removal. In addition, larger trees may end up blocking visibility on residential properties, creating safety or access issues.

Planting Location

Finally, the last aspect of Tree Planting to evaluate before choosing a tree is finding the ideal planting location on the property. The planting spot should have ample sunlight, plenty of room for the expansion of the tree canopy and roots system, and should be far away from buildings, homes, roads, and paved areas. Otherwise, the tree may not have the space needed to grow and thrive, and tree roots can disrupt and even damage nearby structures such as building foundations, plumbing systems, and concrete driveways and sidewalks.

Before investing in a new tree for your residential property, contact the tree experts at Embark Services to learn what kinds of trees would need your specific needs, and where to best plant trees on your property. The Embark Services team of Certified Arborists can ensure that your new tree is healthy and vibrant before and during the tree planting process, and remains so for years to come. Contact Embark Services at 713-688-2435 or fill out our online form to request a free consultation!