Property Look Bare? Plant Some Low-Maintenance Trees

Posted on: 18 May 2016

If your property is bare, one of the best ways to help with this is by planting trees. Once a tree is planted, it can last for decades. Because of this, you need to be careful in the type of trees you choose. Below are three good choices of low-maintenance trees you may prefer.

Amur Maple

The Amur maple tree comes from the Acer ginnala family and has dark green leaves that change to a beautiful red color in the fall. This tree is drought tolerant so you can rely on Mother Nature to give it the water it needs.  This tree is very small so it works well if you have a small property. Some people even grow the tree as a large bush.

The Amur maple grows up to 20 feet high with a 15 to 25 feet spread. It is an excellent shade tree so it works well near a patio or porch. During the spring months, the tree boasts clusters of tiny white flowers that are very fragrant. Once spring is over, the flowers disappear, but you are still left with beautiful green foliage.

Palm Tree

Palm trees come from the family Arecaceae and grow well in tropical climates. This tree is study enough to withstand heavy rains and wind as well as some hurricanes. This is because the tree will sway instead of bend at the base during these conditions. Palm trees are unique looking, and they rarely need trimming. The foliage on the palm tree is called a frond. In most cases, the frond will grow from the top (or crown) of the tree.

To keep your tree healthy, you should have it trimmed when you see flowers or fruit growing on it. This is because they take sap nutrients away from the fronds.  Keep the soil moist when you first plant the palm tree. Once you see it growing in height, the rain you receive will be enough.

Trident Maple

The trident maple is a member of the Acer buergerianum family and is generally multi-stemmed with a rounded crown. When the tree is young, the foliage is a reddish color, but when it matures, the foliage is a dark green color turning red/orange/yellow in the fall. Plant this tree where it can get full sun with well-drained, acidic soil. It is very tolerant to drought and works well when growing near a patio or street. The trident maple can grow from 25 to 40 feet tall with a spread of 15 to 25 feet. In some cases this tree can get much taller, however.

If you want more information about these trees, contact a tree expert, like those at Gene's Tree Service, to help you. They can also give you other low-maintenance trees you may want to consider.


Keeping Your Trees Healthy

About a year ago, I realized that our front trees were starting to look a little funny. Some of the leaves were wilted, but we weren't anywhere near autumn. The bark on the trunk also seemed to be rotting away, which was frustrating and disappointing. Fortunately, a friend of mine told me to call a professional arborist for help. He came out, inspected the trees, and injected some special pesticides into the trunk. Within a few months, they started to look a lot better. Our arborist also trimmed our trees to reduce the weight load on the branches and to improve their shape. Check out this blog for information about tree trimming.