You know that having the right number of mature trees on your property can make a huge difference in the value of your home. They add to the landscaping and make your home look more attractive to both passersby and prospective buyers should you ever decide to sell. Though your trees are important, the rest of your landscaping needs to look just as well cared for. If you’ve ever walked close to your trees’ trunks, you know that the area directly surrounding them has a tendency to look overgrown or, at worst, unimpactful. Here are a few simple ways to improve the way your landscaping around your trees looks with help from your trusted tree trimming
Get Rid of Weeds
One of the easiest ways to keep your landscaping and your trees healthier over time is to stay on top of the weeds growing around the base of their trunks. Weeds can pop up in a matter of days even well into the cooler months of the year. This means you’ll need to be diligent and keep an eye on the space every week. If you notice weeds growing, pull them up by hand whenever possible. This will keep the surface looking great, but more importantly, it will preserve the health of your trees.
Weeds steal nutrients from the soil anywhere they take root. Though spraying those weeds with herbicides will effectively kill them, it hurts the composition of the soil and threatens the health of your trees’ roots. Those same chemicals that kill weeds can kill your trees if sprayed often enough. Worse, they’re harmful for your pets and your children. By pulling the weeds by hand, you’ll keep your yard healthier in the long run.
Build Rings Around Larger Trees
Natural yards can be beautiful, but they can also throw off the impact you’re trying to achieve with the rest of your landscape design. Though you can’t build raised beds around those trees to add color and decoration to the space, you can build planter rings around the trunk without damaging the tree or its roots. Even better, you can use just about any type of material to create that ring. If you have spare bricks lying around or large natural stones, use them to create the border of the ring. If you want to create a more modern look, consider using decorative metal trim.
Once you have the rings in place, you can use them to encourage certain flowers and plants to grow beneath the trees. This added growth won’t hurt your trees’ ability to pull nutrients up from the soil. In fact, it can help enrich the soil around the trees’ root systems. Unlike weeds, flowers and ground cover only take the nutrients they need to grow. Anything leftover that they pull up from the soil can be used by the trees.
Install Landscape Lighting
A simple way to make your yard look more impactful and put-together even when your plants are a bit overgrown or wild is to install landscape lighting around your trees. These lights help draw attention away from parts of your property that you want to hide and allows you to focus on your trees more closely at night.
If you install the fixtures, make sure you work with a licensed electrician throughout the process. They’ll be able to make sure everything is installed in a way that’s up to code and can reduce the risk of unexpected fires and charring of your plants. It’s also a good idea to invest in LED lightbulbs whenever possible. These use far less energy than traditional bulbs and generate almost no heat even when left on for hours at a time. The less heat they produce, the safer your trees and surrounding landscaping will be.
Create a Natural Fairy Garden
You don’t have to keep your landscape design super-formal unless you want to. You’re free to add as much personality and flair to your garden as you want. The best way to do this is to create a small fairy garden around the base of your trees. If you have kids, get them involved in the design. Add small doll-sized accessories. Encourage mushroom growth, and plant shade-loving ground cover to provide a lush, green landscape for those accessories.
You’re free to keep it as simple or as over-the-top as you want. There’s no right or wrong way to incorporate a touch of whimsy to your yard and your trees. Just make sure to add a protective tree ring around the fairy garden whenever you can. This will keep both kids and pets from knocking over the elements as you add them.
Consider Installing a Bench or Swing
Nothing beats sitting beneath the shade of your favorite tree on your property when the weather gets warm. However, if you’re like most people, the thought of sitting cross-legged on the ground is less than ideal as an adult. Instead of making a dedicated spot on the ground, give yourself a little helping hand and install a bench beneath the tree. Use a decorative hardwood to add warmth and coziness. If you want something that will withstand the test of time, add a painted cast-iron or stone bench. If the tree is old and well-developed, consider hanging a swing from one of the larger branches. Just make sure your tree care service inspects the tree before you install it. This way, you and your family will be safe using the bench or swing at all times.
Give Your Yard a Little TLC
These simple improvements will make it much easier for you and your family to enjoy the trees on your property while also making your landscape design look nicer year-round. Pick one or two that you like most and get to work installing them on your property. Once you do, you’ll see an immediate improvement in your space. If you notice anything out of the ordinary while working around your trees, contact our team and schedule an inspection
. We’ll make sure your trees are in good shape.