Tree Selection + Planting

This is a photo of one of our client’s next to a young sycamore
that is now her 60-year-old tree seen in the background.

You may have heard the old Chinese proverb that says 20 years ago was the best time to plant a tree, and that the second best time is now. For some, the very thought of planting a tree can seem problematic, perhaps due to negative past experiences such as clogged pipes, expensive pruning costs, and litter clean up. There is no perfect tree, but planting a tree can be extremely rewarding when you select for the right attributes in a potential life-long cohabitant.

In order to maximize the benefits of a potential tree, many species and site factors should be considered: sun exposure, soil properties, available space, above and below ground utilities, water availability, flowering characteristics, pest susceptibility, growth rate, etc. Carefully selecting a suitable tree will ensure that the utmost benefits of having this asset on your property are realized, and that the most significant issues are avoided.

Trees provide a lot of environmental services for our communities. They sequester carbon, reduce stormwater runoff, provide wildlife habitat, reduce the heat island effect, and more. They can also cause serious problems when not planted or cared for thoughtfully: hardscape damage, damage from limb failure, conflicts with utilities, excessive litter from fruit, etc. Perhaps a more modern proverb would say, “Planting a tree is a no-brainer, that requires lots of brains.”

We feel that selecting and planting a tree is a long-term investment worthy of professional assistance. Tree Path is here to provide that assistance for those who wish to help grow our urban forest.