It’s not uncommon to get puzzled while landscaping a park, a field, or even simply a backyard because of an existing tree or trees. There are few things more challenging to work with than trees when you want to add to, remove from, or rearrange the various features of your outdoor environment.
You may think of two primary alternatives: finding a way to work around it or getting rid of it. However, each of these options can be further split down into further possibilities. In order to aid you in making this decision, we will examine the optimal methods by which you might include a tree or trees in your landscaping design plans.
Include Plants That Are a Match
It’s common practice to add attractive plants or flowers around a tree’s base, but you should think about the tree species before determining how near to the trunk to plant. Some trees, like oaks and pines, have deeper roots that provide more soil space at the base for flowers, while other plants, like smaller deciduous trees, may have shallow roots that make planting at the base more challenging. Keep the tree’s size and shape in mind while deciding which flowers and plants to add to its surroundings. For a bright meadow look, choose a tree with taller branches or a vase shape, while smaller plants would perform well next to a low or weeping tree. A professional landscaper should be consulted if any questions arise.
Build a Habitat
When you plant trees in your yard, animals like squirrels and birds are more likely to visit, providing you with a unique opportunity to observe them up close. Add a small pond or lake to your landscape to turn it into a genuine ecosystem. Growing tree roots can press through the foundations or liner of your pond, causing costly damage; therefore it’s important to map your tree roots before you start planning near. Additionally, during the fall season, raking leaves off the ground is preferable to fishing them out of the water. However, with little preparation, you may have a peaceful pond under the shade of a tree, which will attract wildlife all through the year and provide genuine calm to your area.
Construct Around the Existing Tree
Trees can’t be shifted over to the left, but they may still be included in your design if you work around them. A meandering road that curves around a tree may create an appealing cottage-like atmosphere, and so can the installation of carefully crafted planting boxes up or around the tree’s trunk. Contacting a professional landscaper can allow you to develop a unique plan to work around a tree or trees, whether you want to install decking, timberwork, or paths.
Get Rid of the Trees and the Stumps
Tree removal is the last choice if a tree is really blocking your progress or is simply too old and unattractive for your tastes. The first step in tree removal is having the tree chopped down, which is best done using a chainsaw for speed and efficiency. It’s best to hire a professional landscaper to assist with this task due to the inherent difficulty and potential danger involved. In order to get rid of a tree stump, you have to drill holes in it in a specific pattern and then fill those holes with tree stump removal chemicals. The stump will become soft and spongey after four to six weeks, making it easier to cut and lift out of the ground.
Get in touch with Millburn Landscaping & Design if you’re planning a landscaping project and need competent, trustworthy help.