The Right Tree In The Right Place

Why Site Selection is so Important hazardous trees

It is one of the most common tree related mistakes that we see. Someone has planted their tree in the wrong location. When due considerations are not made to site selection, there are two potential outcomes…and neither one is good. Either the tree struggles to survive and later has to be removed, or the tree thrives, but causes big problems when it matures.

How To Determine What’s Best For Your Property
There are hundreds of different species of trees that will thrive in Florida. It’s just a matter of personal preference and what will work best in the site you’ve selected. Before you buy and plant a tree, here are some things you should consider:

  • Shape - There are many shapes of trees from which to choose, depending upon what you are trying to accomplish in the space. Choosing the right shape or type of tree will have a significant impact on both maintenance costs and overall value of the tree.
  • Size - When they mature, trees are often become too big for the space in which they were planted. This can cause a number of problems when trees and branches encroach on houses, sidewalks and overhead utilities, or block site lines to oncoming traffic. Become familiar with the size and growth potential for any tree you may be considering and pick a site that will not cause problems later on.
  • Soil - The quality of the soil in which you plant your tree will to a great degree determine whether or not it will grow to be a beautiful, healthy tree. If the soil is compacted or shallow you may need to add fertilizers, peat moss or manure to augment the soil. If you are unsure about the quality of your soil, ask an arborist to take some soil samples.
  • Sun - Most trees require full, direct sunlight for normal, healthy growth. If you have no choice but to plant in an area with low levels of exposure to the sun, ask an arborist or your local nursery to recommend something that will prosper under these conditions.

  • Ask An Arborist For Assistance
    An arborist is an expert on tree care. For a modest fee they can assist you with both tree selection and site selection. An arborist may also test the soil for pH levels and overall fertility, so that your new tree will have the best possible chance to mature into a healthy, full-grown tree

    Jon Wilbur is an ISA Certified Arborist and co-owner of Pinellas Tree Service, in Clearwater.

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    Jon Wilbur