In Your Yard

A healthy community forest begins with careful planning. The makeup of the city’s urban tree canopy depends a great deal on what trees are growing on private property and yards.  The decisions that you make, related to the replanting of trees on your property will have a great impact on the makeup of the urban forest in your neighborhood.  With a little research and a simple layout, you can produce a landscape that will cool your home in summer and tame the winter winds. Your well-planned yard will contain trees that grow well in the soil and moisture of your neighborhood. Your trees will be properly placed to avoid collisions with power lines and buildings, and the aesthetics will increase your property value.

Now that the devastating tornado has forces us all to make a decision to plant a tree in your yard, where are you to put it? Here are some general suggestions for evaluating this important decision. It is a most important decision that will last a lifetime. A tree is a major investment and a semi-permanent one as most trees outlive your average human’s life span. And even those that are short lived, meaning 20 to 30 years, will be an eyesore and not the perfection it should be if it’s not in the right place.

The following resources will help make it easier for you to make decisons regarding the type, size and siting of trees that you will plant on your property.  Thiese tools are only a few of the many resoruces that are available through many professional, government and commercial sources.  Don’t let the task of choosing a tree be daunting.  After all, in the end, its really your personal preference as to what you will plant in your yard.

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