Trees are an important part of a landscape, and they do many beneficial and necessary things for us and our waterways. Often, however, homeowners along a stream remove trees and mow their lawns up to the stream’s edge, not knowing they are impacting wildlife, reducing water quality, and changing the very composition of the stream. Over time, these residents notice their properties eroding and their streams lacking “the fish they once had.” If people understand the many benefits trees provide, they can make more informed decisions about how to care for the trees on their properties.
Matching the right tree to your site is the most important aspect of tree selection.
A tree that is not suited to its planting site will perform poorly, require more maintenance, and ultimately die before its time.
- How much light does the site receive?
- What type of soil are you planting in?
Space and Site Restrictions
- How much space is available?
- Are there utilities nearby?
- Will it be near house foundation or sidewalks?
What is the function of your tree?
- Ornamental or Accent
- Consider how big your tree will be at full size
If you want to improve air, habitat and water quality, you can help plant native trees and shrubs