How to Choose the Right Tree for Your Compound

Getting a tree for your compound can boost the appearance and give you more aesthetically appealing home or office. In addition to beauty, trees can be a source of food for birds and other animals. They also help you to earn some money. Trees increase the value of your property over the years and will allow you to sell it off for a higher price if ever you decide to. They can also save you on a lot of money when it comes to cooling your environment. Trees provide shade in your compound and you also get to have the air conditioner on for shorter periods of time.

Before you go off and get a tree, you must consider the following if you want to get the best plant for your environment:

Why Get a Tree?

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The first thing that you need to do is to find out why you are getting the tree in the first place. Is it:

  • For shade
  • To get fall colors in season
  • To produce fruit for your kitchen
  • To provide fruit and seeds for birds and other animals
  • For aesthetics

These reasons will help you when it comes to considering how big you would want the tree to grow. Trees that are meant to provide shade or shelter will need to be bi as opposed to those that may only be necessary to line your driveway for that great look.

Additionally, you also need to consider the lifespan of the tree you would like to get. Trees that row very fast are not as sound in structure. They tend to be weak or have invasive and aggressive roots. This may not be ideal. However, trees that take a long time to grow will most likely require patience but they will stay on much longer and have a reliable structure.

Deciduous or Evergreen Trees

Another consideration to make is whether you would like trees that shed their leaves in seasons such as fall or those that are evergreen throughout the year. Each of these trees has an advantage. Deciduous trees will provide some great fall colors during the season and this will definitely look good for your lawn. However, the leaves also tend to make a mess and will need to be raked away periodically.

On the other hand, evergreen trees provide some natural color in winter, which is desirable especially in areas that are often covered in snow. These trees are also great because they provide a great background for grass and other colorful plants in your compound.

Tree Growth Requirements

To get the perfect tree, you need to find out what the tree needs in order to grow. Getting local trees is better because you are relatively sure that they can thrive and grow in your conditions without much of a hustle. These trees might also be resistant to any strain of disease in the area because they have adapted. If you are going to be getting a tree from any other place, you need to know the amount of rainfall it needs, the light conditions of your yard versus the trees needs as well as any diseases that the tree might be prone to.

Type of Soil

Consider the soil in your compound. Is it deep enough or shallow? Will it be able to support a full grown tree? These are all important questions. If you have just finished construction, you might also want to improve the quality of your soil since there may be a lot of construction debris in the soil which might hinder optimal tree growth. You can always find some tree service that helps you in finding the correct type of soils for your tree that you want to plant.

One other factor to consider is how well your soil retains water. You can dig a hole in the compound and fill it up with water. Monitor how long it takes for the water to seep through the soil. Fill the hole again and repeat the process to see if the soil will absorb the additional water. All of this helps to figure out which type of tree you may need for the type of soil. Trees that require a lot of water for growth will work better in soil that retains the water for a long time.


Now that you know the most important factors to consider when looking for a tree, you can pick out your tree with the help of a local professional arborist. You would rather spend some extra cash on consultation and be sure that your tree is going to be healthy and last for a long time to come.

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