Consider Mature Size When Installing Plants

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape December 16, 2013|Print
        
 

Overgrown willows obstruct these steps. Source: Dirt Simple Blog

Have you ever seen a huge Norway Spruce overwhelming a small hundred year old home or shrubs planted too close to a building? Many times, mature plant size is not considered in the design process.  Plants will be out of proportion to the size of the building or entryway.

Sometimes, a homeowner or builder will plant too many plants of immature size to make the building look 'presentable' immediately. Proper plant placement, keeping mature size in mind, is especially important when planting trees.

Avoid choosing plants that will need extensive pruning when they mature. Choose dwarf cultivars or smaller growing trees and shrubs that do well in your area.

  • Avoid over-planting
    • Planting too close to buildings requires extra maintenance
    • Walkways and other access areas can be obstructed or hidden
  • Safety issues and mature height
    • Powerlines
    • Obstructing views of traffic on corners
  • Consider seasonal shade and shadows from mature trees
    • Planting evergreen trees on the south facing side will shade a building in winter

 


Additional Resources:

West

Colorado: Large Deciduous Trees

Midwest

Minnesota: Fitting Trees and Shrubs in the Landscape
Missouri: Tree Placement on Home Grounds

Northeast

New Hampshire: Using Plants in the Landscape

Southeast

South Carolina: Foundation Plantings