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Small Backyards and Choosing Garden Trees

Apr 23, 2008
Landscaping Trees have always been incredibly popular for use in larger gardens where they can grow to maturity looking absolutely wonderful. When we take a look at our own residential gardens they are, more often than not, small places and our choice of landscaping trees and shrubs is therefore somewhat limited.

Choosing the most suitable garden trees for our small garden requires a little reading and learning. You should take a fair amount of care when choosing plants for your yard, when it comes to growing garden trees a little more care and attention is required to ensure they will grow well.

Commonly it is best to pick Trees and Shrubs that are not likely to exceed a height of roughly 6m/20ft. If your are planning to plant a tree or shrub near to your home then you should really pick even shorter problems with your home's foundations. Furthermore the twigs and branches can grow to overshadow windows or doorways. An even worse situation would be if the Trees and Shrubs were to grow such long branches that they could push against walls or overhanging roofs to such a degree that it caused structural damage.

When deciding where, in your small garden, you will be planting your Landscaping Trees you will have to take special notice of the immediate area taking special note of any overhanging cables or anything else that encroaches upon the space in which your plant will eventually grow, recalling that you should plan for about 6m (20ft) in height.

Another point to keep in mind is your neighbor. If you will be planting Landscaping Trees along a boundary fence you will need to consider the fact that it is more than likely that the branches will encroach into his/her space. Not only should you consider the branches you should also consider the roots of the plant which will, most probably grow much further and could possibly create damage.

Trees and Shrubs grown in Small Spaces can often become a nuisance for a neighbor when the Trees and Shrubs grow too big and block out the sun from his or her garden or window. This type of problem often leads to legal action between neighbors and many places have bye-laws which disallow the growing of certain types of tree. It is well worth checking first before you plant any Trees and Shrubs.

Once you have chosen which Landscaping Trees you are going to plant in your garden you will be required learn a little about Tree Care and especially for the species of tree or shrub you are planting. It is crucially important that, in the case of grafted Landscaping Trees you watch carefully for small branches which may spring from under the graft point as these will be of a different type of tree or shrub (the same species as the rootstock) and, in the case of dwarf trees and shrubs, these will sometimes be much larger and longer than the main plant.

Pruning your Landscaping Trees should be done very carefully and you should never, under any conditions should you lop off the top of a tree just to keep them small. Lopping off the tops of Landscaping Trees can lead to fatal damage. You should always follow the correct directions when pruning small trees as they can often be more open infection. All Landscaping Trees look best when their shape is natural, unless you are doing topiary.
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