There is certainly something to be said for the gorgeous old maples and oaks that line many neighborhoods in Maine. And of course there’s the iconic pine tree, so impressive and numerous it’s a symbol of our state.
While it might be tempting to plant these recognizable trees in your yard, smaller options may be a better choice for your property.
Smaller Trees Are Better For The Rest Of Your Landscaping
You’ve spent a lot of time on your gardens, and kept your grass green and healthy. Now you’re looking at what trees to add to your landscaping. If you’re not careful, you might find that the trees you plant end up causing some headaches for the care you’ve already put into your property.
A larger tree with dense leaves will grow to the point that it prevents sunlight from reaching a good portion of your lawn or gardens. As a result, grass, flowers, and vegetables won’t be able to grow like they used to. (Not to mention the headache of all those leaves to rake up).
Smaller trees are also less likely to harbor pests that will snack on your flowers and vegetables, or just generally be a nuisance in your yard.
The roots of smaller trees are also less likely to push up through the ground and disrupt your carefully planned landscape borders and flower gardens.
Smaller Trees Are Easier To Maintain
Tall, wide trees can grow to the point that they cover up your windows and block sunlight from your porch. Their branches can get tangled up in electrical wires, and threaten to fall on your roof. Dead or sick branches may pose a danger to the rest of the tree – or to people in your yard if they fall. These are all reasons you may find yourself wanting to prune a tree. But what happens if the branches are large and out of reach? You can always call in professionals, but that gets pretty expensive pretty quickly.
With a smaller tree variety you are more likely to still be able to reach many branches to prune them using your household ladder. As a result, your trees will be able to stay healthier and your property won’t be overrun by large branches and dense leaf cover.
Small Tree Varieties To Consider
- Beach Plum
- Smooth Blackhaw