Choosing the Right Tree for Your Yard

If eyes are the window to the soul, your garden trees are the windows to your home. Your yard is the first thing visitors and passersby see, so choosing the right tree for your yard and landscaping project can be a lot of pressure. Luckily, a little information from Certified Arborists can go a long way. Your yard is already telling you which type of trees will most likely thrive in its environment. By asking yourself a few simple questions on how to choose the right tree, you’ll be on your way to a more beautiful landscape!

Consider Your Climate

What kind of climate do you live in?
Do you live in a wet or dry climate?
Does the weather skew hot or cold?
Does your yard get a lot of sun?

When it comes to choosing the right tree for particularly hot climates, ash trees are extremely low maintenance. Plus, their sprawling height and willowy branches offer a refreshing bit of shade. Eucalyptus trees are also great at persevering through heat and drought.

If you live in a very cold environment, consider cedar trees. Just as they are tough and sturdy, cedars are also undeniably beautiful. The red berries beautifully contrast the vibrant green leaves, and they’re known to attract beautiful birds.

Living in a wet or dry climate, you can never go wrong with pine trees. These classically scented trees will survive your hottest summers and provide the perfect holiday foliage in the winter.

Keep Your Soil in Mind

What’s the texture of your soil like?

Understanding the texture of your soil is vital to choosing the right tree for your yard. Soil texture determines the way water and air will move through it.

For example, heavily clay soil is known for its high fertility, but very poor aeration and drainage. So, your best option would be evergreen shrubs, or maybe some resilient maple trees.

Loamy soil, or soil with excellent fertility and water retention, offers incredible opportunity to enjoy your green thumb and reap the rewards. Apple trees, along with a whole range of herbs and vegetables, will spring to life right before your eyes.

Measure, Measure, and Measure Again!

Nothing is more devastating than finding the perfect tree for your climate and soil type just to find out that it won’t fit. Are you looking for one tree to be the centerpiece of your property, or a bunch of small trees (such as a dwarf juniper) to line the edges of your property? Whatever your vision is, take extra care in measuring your space in order to help choose the right tree.


At Zimmerman Tree Service, we can help you not only choose the best tree for your yard, but we can also take proper care of them. Our Certified Arborists in South Florida offer tree trimming services in West Palm, as well as fertilization, total plant health care, and more. Contact us today for a lawn and landscape consultation.


When you hire Zimmerman Tree Service, you will have peace of mind knowing you are working with highly-trained and knowledgeable professionals.

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