We all want to have yards that have beautiful trees that make spending time outside all the better. Whether you want to add trees that are tall and strong or you want to add trees for beauty, you have to be judicious about where you will put your trees and how you will use them in the design of your yard.

Before you even think about planting a tree in your yard, you have to think about what kinds of trees you want, how much maintenance you are willing to do with your trees, what function you want those trees to have in your yard, any structures that might interfere with your trees, and even how much those trees cost to maintain and plant.

As you can see, there is a lot that goes into planting a tree – it isn’t just digging a hole. You have to think about the ways in which you will use your tree – and how everyone in your family will interact with it.

Interested in getting started? Here are four new tree landscaping designs to consider:

4. Think About Adding Value to Your Home

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  • Trees take a long time to grow – people value already grown trees
  • Think about getting rare trees that you don’t see elsewhere
  • Do not go overboard or you will have the opposite effect

A mature tree that has been planted and taken care of by professionals can add between $1,000 and $10,000, according to the Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers. If you are looking to get this increase in value, remember that it takes years for trees to reach their mature size, so plant your trees as early as possible to get the best results.

When planting a tree to help add value to your home, you will need to think about the types of trees that people really want in their yards. People aren’t looking to add to their yard maintenance, for example, but they might appreciate a fruit tree. The best type of tree for your yard will depend on your home – trees that are tall and strong (and could maybe support a tree house or swing) might be great for a home with many bedrooms. On the other hand, a ranch home with one bedroom will probably have a person or couple that doesn’t want the backbreaking yardwork associated with many trees.

3. Create an Extra Room

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  • Gives you privacy
  • Extends your living space
  • Makes you want to spend time outside

If you aren’t the type of person who likes to spend all of your time indoors, but you have a lot to do outside, you may want to consider using trees to help create an extra room outside. This will give you privacy when you are outside and still make it possible to keep yourself hidden from your neighbors. You can really do this in many ways, but the best bet is to plant trees and then fill in any open space with taller plants and shrubs.

According to Better Homes and Gardens: “If you don’t want to work on making your entire yard a private paradise, take one corner and transform it into a secluded getaway. A simple way to do this is to carefully place a couple of trees to form a pocket. Here, for example, two pines make a hammock feel tucked away. A redbud just behind the hammock enhances the effect.”

2. Garden Shape Matters

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  • Consider getting professional planning
  • Think about plants, walkways, water features, and your trees
  • Remember you have to mow your lawn

When planning when and where to plant your tree, you want to think about what will be around your tree. Most people plant trees in a garden – but should you for your yard? Lifehacker recommends looking at your space from above to really plan out the shape and scope of your garden. You will want to consider whether or not your tree and other greenery will compete for nutrients, water, and sunlight.

You can even get the tape out and map out things like where your tree will go, what the garden shape will be, how much shade there will be, and even where the root system will go. With a bit of online research, you should be able to find the answers to all of these questions and more.

1. Look From the Inside

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  • Think about safety and security
  • You probably spend more time inside than outside
  • Determines type of tree that you want

HGTV says that one of the biggest landscaping mistakes that people make is the fact that they don’t think about what their yards will look like from the inside of your home. This is important because we do tend to spend a lot more time inside of our homes looking out than we do outside of it enjoying the shade, fragrance, or aesthetic appeal.

Stand inside your home and look out the windows in the rooms you occupy the most. What do you want to see? You’ll have to answer these questions before you can think about putting a tree in your yard. Do you want to be able to see the road? How about your driveway? Will you have kids that play outside or nosy neighbors that want to look inside? Each of these concerns can impact whether or not you want to plant a large tree or a small tree.

Tree care is difficult, nor is planting a tree, but it isn’t something that you want to do all by yourself without at least some help from a professional. For daily maintenance and maybe even planting the tree, you can take a lot of it into your own hands. Still, for bigger or harder jobs like bringing down branches, treating diseases, or pruning your trees, you want to contact a professional. If you aren’t sure what kind of tree you want in your yard, you should also reach out to a professional.

At Portland Tree Service, we can help you with all of your tree care needs – and we will bring our own tools. For more information about our services, give us a call today at (503) 941-0922.

Header photo courtesy of Olin Gilbert on Flickr!