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Photo: Webb Chappell

Planting Trees

In the woods, nature chooses random places for trees. But in a yard, a more methodical approach is required. The placement of trees determines how well different sizes, shapes, and colors harmonize with one another and flatter your home.

The key to successful treescapes is envisioning the height, diameter, and silhouette of each species in 10 to 20 years' time. Many homeowners make the mistake of planting young trees without considering how their roots and branches will spread. As the years go by and the trees mature, they crowd one another, and some may have to be thinned. But when trees are positioned properly, they fulfill their mission and provide years of delight.

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