Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Right tree, right location: selecting the best tree for your yard

This past weekend, our Urban Forestry Lead, Jill-Anne Spence, along with Kath Smyth, from the Calgary Horticultural Society, talked about the importance of tree and shrub selection with Global Calgary.

To help you select and plant a healthy tree that is the “right tree for the right location” here are some of the tips they shared:

Plant hardiness
: Make sure that the type of tree you are planting is hardy for the climate and will grow. Further information on selecting the right tree type for the area here.
Shop local: Choose trees that have been grown locally, where possible. Check with the nursery as to where they purchased their trees. Trees that are grown locally have adapted to local weather conditions and will be more successful when transplanted.
Check for utilities: Utilities can be both above ground (such as power lines), and below ground (such as a gas line). We’ve found this handy chart outlining what to plant in relation to power lines. And always remember to call or click before you dig.
Right conditions: Different trees have different needs, so check soil, moisture and sunlight requirements. Planting trees in the right conditions will give them the best opportunity to thrive, including less susceptible to pests and diseases.
How much will it grow?: Consider the size and shape of the tree at maturity and make sure that it is given enough room to grow. For example, do not plant large growing trees next to the foundation of your home or a retaining wall.
Mix it up: A sustainable urban forest is one that has many different types of trees. Look around your neighbourhood and see if one tree type is is more common. Consider planting something different so that if a pest or disease is introduced, not all trees will be lost.    


Watch the full Global TV: Your Calgary Garden segment.

And for more information on trees, including our ReTree YYC fairs, visit calgary.ca/trees.

Submitted by Althea Livingston, Parks

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