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Smaller shade tree recommendations?

rhiannasmoms43's picture

I am in the process of designing the layout of our entire front and backyard.
At this point it is 100% grass:eek:
We need some kind of shade tree in our backyard- it gets full sun from about 10am to sundown in the summer, creating an environment that no one wants to enjoy during the day. The house front is facing South-East.

It would be planted within 10' of the house, in clay soil, with somewhat bad drainage. Preferably no fruit or sap.
Any ideas?

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Jennabutala's picture

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katherine's picture

Whatever tree you choose, you're going to have to give it a chance
to survive its first couple of years by giving the roots something they
can grow in! Yep, that means digging out the clay and a) putting gravel
in the bottom of the 'pit', with good soil that isn't quite so much of a
challenge to root growth or b) You can lighten the clay with other materials,
or just buy the right stuff - probably easier.

You probably know to plant your tree at the same depth it was in the ball
or pot. Make the base of your pit look like a small mountain, so that you
can spread out the trees roots (like a cape) over the 'hill'.

10 feet from the house isn't much. I'd seriously recommend further than
that - at least 15' if you can do it.

As to which tree is best - there are so many that would do. I'd suggest
you discuss it with local nurseries.
The thing to remember is that you want a SHADE tree, which means
you want something that has some spread to it.
Using the tried and true 'drip line' method, you can calculate that,
when the tree reaches maturity, its roots will be out as wide as its
branches - more, if a lack of water is a problem in the summer.

Mountain Ash works well, as does Bay, some maples, certain poplars and on and on.
Drive your neighborhood and see what trees you like the best for what you want.

I don't know where you live, so it's difficult to suggest specifics. I'm in
North America's temperate rainforest (northwest BC) where everything grows
fast, tall and We're in the old Zone 6/7, whereas you may be in
Zone 3 (Winnipeg). The differences in light, rainfall, soil, high/low temps
all have a bearing on what will do well for you.

Best luck with it!!


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