Everyday Design Tips to Transform Your Home

Monday, 13 July 2015

On 20:49 by Alex Mungai   No comments
In a previous post, we discussed the tips to consider when selecting trees for your landscape. In that light, it will be important to narrow down to some of the primary functions of trees and tree types based on their characteristics.

Specimen/ornamental trees
These trees are planted in the landscape mainly for their outstanding characteristics. An ornamental tree can be used as a focal point, to provide shade as well as marking entrances to homes.
Outstanding characteristics to look for include the colour of the foliage, the shape of the tree, the height, fragrance, the character of the bark etc. The tree should be able to maintain the appeal for a long period of time as well.

Due to their outstanding characteristics, it is advisable to use as few as possible to avoid creating distractions in the landscape.
Examples of ornamental trees include
  1.  The Japan Red Maple tree
  2.    Delonix regia
  3.   Willow

Shade trees
On any hot summer day, there is the urge to find a shade spot and cool off from the scorching sun.
When planted right, these trees provide perfect shades and are great for outdoor spaces such as patios and pergolas. They are characterised by the dense foliage, oval/round silhouettes and high a branching height that allows activities to occur beneath.
What’s even better is that you can place some furniture such as benches beneath the tree and enjoy the breeze as the wind passes through the leaves.

Windbreaks/screen plants
The ultimate desire for most homeowners is to be able to create a serene compound which is also as private as possible. Certain plants can be manipulated to create privacy for your home while still offering other roles.
Trees with a weeping silhouette such as the willows are quite effective as screen plants since the branching height is near the ground hence visual control for your property is achieved. Most trees used as screen plants have dense foliage and are evergreen. The same trees when closely planted can form a buffer against strong winds by reducing the velocity.

Edible landscaping/fruit trees

Who doesn't love picking a fresh fruit of their garden? Fruit trees when placed at the right spot not

only serve as ornamental but also give a lifetime of produce that we can all appreciate.
A mango tree for instance can serve as a good shade tree and still give mangoes to your home as well as earning you income as long as the tree is well maintained. Other fruit trees include apples, oranges, pears, figs etc. This is at least one healthy landscaping tip to think about as you go shopping for trees.

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