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If you are planning to add new trees to your Christchurch property as part of landscaping, it is important to choose the right plants if you want them to be successful and healthy.
There are three basic things should always be considered when you are deciding on which type of tree to plant - site, weather and the purpose of the tree. If you are not sure what would be best for your site, think about asking an arborist, who has knowledge of many tree varieties for advice. A local expert will also be able to advise you on the trees best suited to local conditions.
Depending on the location of your property in Christchurch, you need to think about the weather conditions and how they will affect the trees you plant.
If you live in one of the seaside suburbs, for instance, you will need trees that can deal with salty conditions and potentially wind coming off the sea. If you live in the hills, you might need to consider plants that can cope with high winds and changes in temperature.
There are many things to think about when considering your site in relation to the trees you want to plant. First you need to consider the soil as some varieties do better in sandy soil while others require dense material to survive. You also need to consider how the sun affects the property and whether the trees will be in full sun all day or will be shaded and whether they will be protected from the wind.
Lastly, look at your site in terms of how much space your trees will have to grow and spread. Remember that trees spread underground as well so think about how the growing roots will affect your garden and house.
What do you want trees for
As well as the practical considerations of site and elements, thinking about what you want the trees to do for your site is also important. If your trees are to provide a strong visual element, then you might wish to look at exotic varieties with coloured leaves, while if you are planning to use the trees as shade, you will want to look for larger specimens with good leaf cover.
If you aren’t sure how to manage the existing trees at your property or are looking at planting new varieties but aren’t sure where to start, then enlisting the help of a specialist arborist can help. As well as providing advice on the best types of tree, they can also assist with on-going maintenance to ensure your trees have a long and healthy life.
If you do decide to get a professional in to help you, make sure you get an accurate quote for any work before signing a contract and check references before you hire. Most good tradespeople will have other satisfied customers who will provide testimonials, and you may even be able to see examples of previous work so check things out first.
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