Here in Buffalo, springtime flashes by in a flash and before you know it we’re in the heat of summer. Summer brings longer days with more sunlight! However, the heat rises too and getting caught in the sun with no shade in sight is never fun.
Welcome back to the blog! Today, we’re going to take a look at some trees that are good to plant for shade here in Buffalo, NY. We all love getting some sun, but sometimes we need a break from the rays by relaxing in the shade.
That’s where our friends the shade trees come into the picture. They allow us to enjoy the day that much longer and save us money by keeping our homes cooler in the summer. Plus, as we’ve mentioned on a few occasions, well-placed and maintained trees increase the value of your home.
Trees come in all shapes and sizes and planting one that has a native habitat in your area strengthens your local ecosystem, too. There are so many reasons to plant a tree that will provide shade to you and your family for years to come.
Where should I plant my trees in my yard in Buffalo?
Most often, it’s also smart to plan for where your trees will be located. For back yards, privacy, color, shade and value are important. If your trees are planted in the southern, eastern, or western areas of your property, you can maximize the amount of sun protection you get from those trees.
Shade and privacy are also important for sitting out in the front yard too. However, considerations for complementary colors should also be observed to truly increase your value. As always, consult with a local, ISA-Certified Arborist for optimal planting location, ensuring you’ll have the space, and that the tree will thrive.
Which trees should I plant for shade?
For your backyard, tulip trees are an excellent option. We have a guide on planting tulip trees for you to look over, but let’s go over the highlights. Tulip tree coloration is beautiful, with a dazzling dash of orange appearing in the summer and a vibrant, verdant green leaf bringing the whole look together.
Tree Care Tips for Tulip Trees From Buffalo NY Landscapers
Tulip trees can be planted throughout much of the year. The optimal time to get them in the ground is spring through early fall. Tulip trees grow rapidly at first, about 25 inches a year, but slow down as they mature. Fully grown, these native giants can reach heights well over 80 feet. In fact, the tallest recorded tulip tree is almost 200ft tall!
What else can I plant for shade?
River birch trees are a great front yard addition to your landscape. They provide the shade you’re looking for and their white bark with brown spots and streaks complements the front face of most homes. These trees could grow up to 24 inches a year, going from sapling to shade provider fairly quickly. River birch trees tend to like well-drained soil and can tolerate periods of little water consumption.
Planting any trees should be done with consultation from a professional tree service company to make sure your trees can be healthy and thrive for decades. You don’t want to plant a tree in soil that isn’t good for it, prune too soon, or do anything else to limit the tree.
Bradley Tree and Landscaping are full of professional, ISA-Certified arborists that are always eager to help and educate. As our CEO Jared Webber says,
“An educated customer is our best customer.”
Look out for the warning signs of that “landscaper” friend of yours with our blog about why you should hire a professionally licensed and certified arborist for your tree care needs. Remember, tree care work can be dangerous!
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