Whether you have lived in Arizona your whole life or are a newcomer, you know that shade is always at a premium in the Southwest. Having shade in your backyard can help you get more use out of this space in the spring, summer, and fall. Shade trees are one of the best options for adding reliable shade to your property, and can also add visual interest and attract local wildlife to your yard. However, if you have a small yard, you may be wondering how best to add shade trees there. Here are a few tips to help you tackle this project.
Select the Right Species
The first step to successfully growing shade trees in a small yard is to choose a species that will thrive in limited space. You’ll want to find out how wide the root system of a particular species will grow; if a tree’s roots grow too wide, they could put your home’s foundation and plumbing at risk. You should also ensure that the tree’s canopy won’t grow so broad that it will grow over your home’s roof or over neighboring properties. You may also want to inquire about whether a tree will drop its leaves each year, as this could make it difficult to keep your small yard neat and maintained.
Find the Ideal Location
Once you have selected the best tree for your property, you’ll need to find a suitable location to plant it. In addition to considering factors like property lines, plumbing installations, and other landscaping features, you should also consider the light needs of the tree species you have chosen. Find out if the tree will need full sun or if it can tolerate shade, and then find a spot in your yard that will suit its needs.
Work with a Professional Landscaping Company
In order to ensure that your tree has the best chance of growing well and providing shade to your yard for years to come, you should consult a local landscaping company. The landscaping team will be able to help you select the right tree species and location, and also plant the tree for you. They’ll also be able to provide tree trimming services to help manage the growth of the tree.
Are you ready to add a shade tree or other landscaping feature to your yard? Get in touch with Complete Landscaping. We’re proud to offer a range of landscaping services throughout the Tucson area. To learn more, call us at (520) 323-8918.