Let me confess, I have a soft spot for rare landscape evergreens. Yellow-Foliage Cypress, Upright Cedars, and Round Spruces; I love them all! This time of year, I enjoy “window shopping” at local nurseries. Often times, an evergreen catches my eye and then, the mental chatter begins…I find myself back and forth about making the purchase. Thankfully, my expertise in arboriculture overrules my human desire to want what I shouldn’t have.
Can you relate? Maybe you haven’t made the mistake of expecting a tree or shrub to stay the same size as the day it was purchased, but you’ve seen others make that mistake. Take for example the Yews or Rhododendrons that are purchased for foundation plantings, the Blue Spruce purchased for a small garden bed or the Hemlocks purchased to make a hedge. At maturity, the Yew and the Rhododendron will reach 20’ and the Blue Spruce and the Hemlock can top out at over 70’, clearly overwhelming the space they were selected for.
Soil conditions also play an important role in plant selection. A line of shrubs might be a great accent to a pond, but if they don’t tolerate wet soils, they can become stressed and eventually succumb to the conditions.
Choosing the right tree or shrub is the single most important decision when selecting a plant for your landscape. The space that I’m interested in planting in is only 6’ wide. The evergreen that I was drooling over, at the garden center, was 2’ wide; seems like a perfect fit! But alas, the evergreen will be over 15’ wide at maturity. So, what are some questions that you should ask at a nursery? What is the mature height and width? Will the tree or shrub tolerate shearing? What type of soil conditions does the plant prefer? Without having answers to these questions, you would be wasting your time, money, and natural resources installing a plant that will only disappoint you in the years to come.
But there is no need to feel overwhelmed! ArborTech’s Certified Arborists will help you select and plant the right tree or shrub for your landscape. Moist sites, small beds, and specimen trees are no challenge for an ArborTech Arborist. Feel free to give us a call (413) 525-0060.