Whether you’re designing a new outdoor living space or adding to an existing area, a good place to start is choosing the right tree variety for your space. Trees provide many benefits to our property, including beauty, privacy and shade, and if you look around the Naperville area, you’ll see the wide variety of trees that thrive in our Midwest climate. We want you to choose a tree that will complement your home and enhance your time spent outdoors. Take a moment to consider all your options and you will enjoy your tree for years to come.
SIZE: Smaller, ornamental trees add color and interest to your patio area or entryway. Serviceberry, crabapple and redbuds are just a few varieties to consider. Larger trees offer shade and majesty to your lawn. Planted as a specimen tree, these trees become a focal point of your space. Consider maples, oaks, lindens, spruces and pines to provide a canopy of shade in the summer and to highlight your property.
COLOR AND SHAPE: Some trees welcome spring with colorful flowers and foliage, while others wait until autumn to put on their show. Some people love the familiar shape of a maple leaf, while others look for a variety of leaf shapes in their yards. Elms, gingkoes and oaks are among the favorites in our area.
SHADE: Trees can have an effect on home energy costs. Take some time to consider planting a tree that will shade your home on the south or west side in the summer, but allow sun in the winter. You’ll be rewarded with energy savings in all seasons.
PRIVACY: Trees provide welcome privacy, especially when planted in clusters. Consider planting a cluster of trees such as pines or other evergreen varieties to provide privacy for your patio area.
HARDINESS AND DISEASE: Some trees are more prone to seasonal diseases than others. Some trees require annual maintenance to keep them healthy and growing. Be sure to ask when purchasing a tree if there are special conditions to consider for a particular variety.
GROWTH RATE: Growth rate can be an issue if you’re looking for quick results. Note the growth rate of the tree you choose. You may want to opt for a mature specimen of your choice. At O’Donovan Landscaping, we have a large variety of healthy mature trees from which to choose. We can deliver and plant these for you, providing instant results.
OTHER CONSIDERATIONS: Trees add to the overall value of your property. They give your home definition and stability. Trees help clean the air by absorbing CO2 and releasing oxygen. They can also help prevent soil erosion. A well-placed tree in your outdoor living space provides the basis for a well-designed area.
At O’Donovan Landscaping, we will help you choose the right tree for your home. We have been designing and installing custom hardscapes and landscapes in the Naperville area for over 45 years, including outdoor kitchens, patios, walkways, landscapes, trees, shrubs, lighting and mulch. Call us at 630-355-3370 and set up an appointment with our designer to plan the outdoor living space of your dreams. Or, visit our nursery in Plainfield to choose from our large selection of trees and shrubs. We look forward to seeing you!