How To Landscape Around A Tree

May 18, 2017 | By ThriveAdmin

how to landscape around a treeSometimes trees can go forgotten in your landscape design. However, trees without landscaping around them can look bare or unkempt and are hard to mow around; while old or weakened trees can pose a hazard to your property.

Trees that are susceptible to the wind or storms pose the risk of damaging your property and can be taken care of via a tree service removal.

Most lawn service companies offer this service or can refer you to another company that does. Also, if you’re not sure whether or not one of your trees is a hazard, our tree service company can help with that as well.

The Health Of Your Tree

tree pruning serviceOnce you’ve assessed that your trees are healthy, you’ll want to prune or trim your trees.

The easiest time to visually inspect your trees’ branches and trim them is during the dormant months after the leaves have fallen. Branches might need trimming for various reasons.

They could be dead, diseased, rubbing against other branches, or you might simply want to open up the canopy of your tree.

However, there is a right and a wrong way to do it and many homeowners prefer not to deal with it themselves. Tree trimming can be hired out like other lawn care work.

Ready To Landscape

Finally, you’re ready to landscape around your tree. While edging creates a beautiful aesthetic, it can often be difficult to do around the roots of mature trees.

proper landscaping around treesTrees need lots of water to stay healthy. Removing the turf around the base of the tree, out to the drip line, can help promote tree health. The tree will no longer have to compete with the grass for water.

You can also do shallow edging carefully around the tree, especially the roots, in order to provide a clean look.

This might mean you’ll have to edge more often, but you’re less likely to damage the tree roots. In order to preserve the soil moisture and nutrients, add mulch around the tree.

Importance of Mulch and Edging

Your mulch should not be more than three inches deep. Coupled with proper edging, the tree will no longer have to compete with the turf for nutrients.

Therefore, the roots that lie beneath will benefit from the combination of the two.

Remember that you could sacrifice a century-old tree if you make a mistake while edging around it, so consult a lawn treatment service through the process.

mulchingIn addition to edging and mulch, there are other options for landscaping around your trees.

If you have plenty of soil and water or don’t mind watering yourself, planting hostas or daylilies around the trunk of your tree can add appeal.

If considering this option, it might be best to add a raised flower bed around the trunk of the tree so there’s more soil for the plants.

Planting and Selecting Groundcover

Planting groundcover is another option around the base of your trees.

barrier around a treeCarefully select your groundcover and take into consideration whether or not you’ll have other plantings. Some groundcovers are aggressive and should not be planted with other plantings.

However, these can definitely help prevent weeds and look good in a standalone flowerbed.

If you’re not sure what you want to do with your tress, then consider hiring a lawn service.

Whether you just need a consultation to help you decide or you need them to do the work for you, a lawn care service can help alleviate the stress of landscaping yourself.

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  1. MGH Landscaper

    Thanks for the great article on how to landscape around trees. I’m going to try to incorporate a few of these features in my own yard – mulch will probably work good. I was looking at other articles as well for help on how to landscape around trees – this one doesn’t have many images, but they do talk about establishing style and focusing on shape among other things. Evidently, the way to approach landscaping around trees will differ depending on the style of the garden. What are some recommended ways to do it in an English country garden? Thanks again for the article.

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