More than any other natural element, trees give shape to your yard. Whether you own a home that already has a number of landscape trees or you are planning to add some new trees to a bare yard, learn to get the most out of your trees to create a balanced, harmonious landscape.
Stagger Blooming Times
Blossoming landscape trees can bring you bright, colorful displays year after year if you choose them right. Plant spring-flowering trees such as the crab apple and summer bloomers such as the mimosa, or hardy silktree. In fall, the changing folliage and fruits of your flowering trees will create a secondary display in your yard. Plant perennial flowers and flowering bushes with similar blooming times near your trees to have a moving flower garden all season long.
Plant a Hedgerow
Hedgerows are a great way to give your property solitude and privacy without the harsh and unattractive lines of a fence. Plant boxwoods, Douglas fir trees or other tall coniferous species along with deciduous bushes, flowers and other smaller plants in a strip between 10 and 20 feet deep. As the trees and bushes grow, they will start to overlap within a couple of years, creating a dense barrier protecting your home. Birds and other critters love hedgerows, so you will also be providing a home for local wildlife.
Create a Picnic Spot
Homeowners with large landscape trees often struggle to keep grass and other groundcovers alive around the bases of the trunks. Why not create a nice picnic spot under one of them? Level the area and cover it with bark or gravel, install a picnic table, a grill and some outdoor furniture, and you have the perfect shady summer retreat under your largest landscape tree.