Landscape Design Lessons: How to Place Trees Properly

Designing stunning designs is just one aspect of landscaping and landscape architecture. It’s not only my responsibility as a professional designer to produce designs; I also have to think about every scenario for the mature landscape in future years.

Most DIYers and some experts fail to consider the space that tiny little sprouts will take as they grow into mature plants and trees, even if most components stay the same for years.

There are several apparent uses for trees in the landscape. Adding focus points, windbreaks, noise reduction, borders, and shade are a few examples. Once I have decided where I’ll need trees for these objectives in a design, I have many further considerations before I can assign their permanent home.

Planting without considering the area that fully grown, mature plants and trees will take up might cause more problems than simply a minor annoyance. It may be pricey.

Things to think about.

Near Play Areas

A covered canopy over play areas, sandboxes, etc. may be desirable for protection from the afternoon sun. However, if the roof extends over your child’s play area, you must consider the filth that birds and other animals may bring.

Placing giant shade trees away from the area and parallel to the sun’s path is the answer to this problem. You may still plant for shade without subjecting your children to unhygienic circumstances if you plan the trees you plant and understand how far the mature canopy will spread.

Near Pools

Keeping a pool clean is difficult enough without a pile of leaves and branches. Although most pool spaces are in sunny places, it is sometimes advantageous to have an area next to the pool where one may hide from the sun.

Contrary to playgrounds, you may not wish to cover the whole pool area from the midday sun. Therefore, you should avoid planting big shade trees in the sun’s path. Design it such that there is a shaded region on each side. Another location to remove top-rooting trees near concrete is here. Around pools, evergreen plants are often your best option.

Roots, foundations, and concrete footings

Some trees are nonetheless driven to find alternative water sources, which may be on the surface or wet regions beneath buildings, even if rare deep irrigation compared to regular shallow watering can assist in discouraging top-rooting trees.

Large trees have strong roots that may pull buildings out of place, crack foundations, and destroy sidewalks. The most significant and expensive error I can envision is this. Before you plant trees in your landscape adjacent to your house, do your research.

Power Lines Under

Understand what is above.

Lines Of Title And Easements

This one may turn neighbors against one another.

Septic tanks, sewers, and underground utilities

You don’t want to have to relocate or remove a mature tree to solve a leak since the roots might damage pipes and lines. Locate lines and plant away from them. Some trees have a far wider subsurface reach than they do above ground. Recognize the underworld.


The mature size of the trees should be considered for the size of your house and other landscape components. Tiny trees may seem like bushes when planted around a big property, while massive trees can dwarf a small home. Keep in mind the mature size of trees while making decisions.

framing or concealing a house

Think about the trees’ intended use and the view from the street and adjacent surroundings. You don’t need to consider it much if you want to isolate your house. The mature size and location of your plants must again be considered if all you want to do is frame or accent your property.

Parking Locations

Here’s another chance for animals and birds to ruin things. Plant, if at all feasible, to follow the sun’s path. Know your trees’ mature canopies once again.

Cost-effectiveness and usefulness

If you invest in landscaping, think about how to make it profitable. Large trees may shade your house and lower your cooling expenses if placed appropriately. If you give it some attention, you can use it to minimize noise, screen off and separate spaces, purposely generate shade for your shady garden and many other things.

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