Planting pretty trees in front of your home can help your yard stand out throughout the year. Trees not only provide shade but also aid in temperature regulation in both summer and winter. They can even cut your heating and cooling costs over time.
You can’t just plant any old pretty tree in your front yard, though. Different trees have different needs, and your yard might not be right for some species. Finding the proper pretty trees to plant in front of your Gresham home is critical, and if you’re unsure, Mr. Tree’s skilled arborists can help you choose the ideal tree for your home.
Keep reading for some tips to help you choose the right trees for your yard and then five pretty trees to plant in front of homes.
A Few Things to Think About Before Choosing a Tree to Plant in Front of Your Home
- Assess the amount of space available a tree can take up without being restricted in its development or causing potential damage to any structures on your property or your home’s foundation. This will also include considering the best height for the trees you plant: ensure that no power lines overhead will be affected when the tree grows.
- Figure out what the tree’s purpose will be for you. Would you like it to attract wildlife such as birds? Maybe you need more shade during summer or something to cast a shadow over your patio. Whatever your reason may be, this will significantly influence the type of tree you get.
- What aesthetic are you looking for? If you love vibrant summer and fall trees and aren’t bothered by a leafless tree in winter, selecting a deciduous tree is a great idea. However, if bare trees in winter bother you, then an evergreen tree might be better.
- Depending on the type of tree you select, you may have to spend a significant amount of time cleaning up after it. If you have enough time on your hands to tend to your yard, it won’t matter if a tree drops many leaves. On the other hand, choosing a messy tree can add to an untidy front yard if you can’t keep up with it.
Pick a tree that’s suitable for the weather patterns and planting conditions where you live. If you plant a tree that is better suited for warm climates in an area with cold winters, the tree will struggle to thrive and maybe even die.
Now you know what things to consider when choosing a tree. Here are five trees that would make an excellent addition to your home:
Also called the palmate maple, the Japanese maple is a woody plant native to Japan, Korea, China, Eastern Mongolia, and Southwest Russia. It also grows well in the Pacific Northwest. Especially when young, protect this tree from strong winds and late spring frosts. The best soil for this tree is sandy, acidic, well-drained, and consistently moist. An acidic mix fertilizer can be used to maintain soil acidity.
The Japanese maple typically grows just one to two feet per year. Under the right conditions, this tree can live to be over 100 years old.
The red maple is a perfect tree for your yard. It is a deciduous tree and is native to eastern North America. This tree is lovely with reddish twigs and somewhat small, shiny lenticels. Keep the tree moist and in the shade until planting. Add organic matter when preparing the soil, especially in heavy clay. Spread a layer of organic mulch around the tree’s base to reduce frequent watering and protect the tree’s roots.
Red maples can grow well under extreme soil moisture conditions, either very wet or very dry. This tree attracts wildlife since it’s an essential source of food.
These trees don’t live long. Their average life span is from 80 to 100 years, and they can grow to 60 to 90 feet tall. Very rarely, some have lived to 200 years.
Cherry blossoms should not be confused with cherry trees that produce fruit to eat. They don’t produce fruit. They bloom from March to April in the Northern Hemisphere and are considered the national flower of Japan.
Water the cherry blossom as needed. Avoid overwatering and only water deeply when the topsoil is dry. To prevent drought stress, don’t take too long in between watering. To get rid of any disease, prune the branches and leaves. These trees can grow in any soil type, especially alkaline soils. Cherry blossoms prefer a good, well-drained soil enriched with a lot of organic matter.
Most cherry blossoms live for 30 to 40 years. But some, like the black cherry blossom, can live up to 250 years. They tend to reach between 40 to 50 feet tall.
This tree is cultivated in warmer climates and is native to northern Australia, the Indian subcontinent, parts of Oceania, and Southwest Asia. They require pruning to promote new growth needed for blooming. Due to its flowers, leaves, and peeling bark, crepe myrtles can be messy to care for, and you will need additional time for cleanup. The crepe myrtle grows best in acidic to slightly acidic soil. They also prefer drained but moist soil.
Crepe myrtles can exceed 50 years if properly taken care of. They can grow as high as 40 feet and take between 10 and 20 years or longer to mature.
Magnolia is an ancient genus that appeared before the bees evolved. The star magnolia blooms from late March through the end of April. Water the tree to keep its base moist. When they are young, proper watering is crucial until they are established. Use a slow-release fertilizer when the flower buds begin to swell in early spring. Magnolias prefer moist, well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter. The soil should be neutral to slightly acidic.
These trees grow to a height of 80 feet with a life span of 80 to 120 years. They grow pretty fast, up to 12 to 24 inches per year.
To keep your pretty trees in Gresham looking great year-round, you’re going to need to provide a little TLC, but you don’t have to do it on your own. Mr. Tree Services can answer all your questions or concerns and even do the work for you. Let us help you choose pretty trees that suit your lifestyle to plant in your front yard and make your home beautiful in the process.