Commercial properties in Houston, regardless of their location, can benefit from the addition of healthy trees. When planted properly and regularly maintained, trees can offer decades of bountiful shade, majestic beauty, and stable property values. However, it's crucial to pick the right type of tree for your particular commercial, industrial or multi-use lot. Otherwise, it could lead to higher maintenance costs and unhappy property owners. In today's blog post, we'll examine how property owners can identify the best tree types for their specific property so they can make the best investment possible in their trees.
Determine Owner Needs
Before tree planting begins, property owners should first sit down and decide their immediate and long-term needs and goals for their future trees. What types of trees are preferred? What purpose will these trees serve? Do the trees need to be under a specific height? How much shade or privacy is needed? How much tree maintenance would be required? By considering these questions and more, property owners can analyze and prioritize their needs and goals to help streamline the tree selection process. Then, a Certified Arborist should be consulted to help identify tree types that would both meet owner needs and would also thrive in our Gulf Coast region.
Identify Property Strengths and Weaknesses
After determining the needs and goals of the commercial property owner, the nest step is to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the property that might impact future tree growth. A Certified Arborist can help pinpoint ideal locations for tree planting, as well as property strengths and weaknesses. Property strengths to identify would be areas with ample sunlight and good property drainage, while property weaknesses might include nearby power lines or poor soil. By identifying these key factors before tree planting, property owners can help ensure that their trees will be planted in the best locations possible in order to achieve immediate and long-term tree goals.
Prepare For Tree Planting
A common mistake made by commercial property owners is that they often fail to have their soil thoroughly prepared first to help guarantee a successful tree planting. Soil should be rich in nutrients and contain the right pH levels to ensure the soil will provide the tree with the needed minerals needed to thrive. In addition, the soil should be well aerated to allow for sunlight, water and minerals to reach the tree's root bed. Trees experience shock when they are planted, so any proactive steps that can help trees recover and stabilize faster can encourage successful planting and years of healthy growth.