It’s time to come up with a landscape design for your flip house. You don’t want to spend a ton of cash, so you’ve got to be strategic about what you plant, where you plant it, and how you plant it to get the most bang for your buck, and—of course—to impress buyers. Since trees can be an expensive investment you want to do things right. Consider these three tips for planting trees that we’ve summarized for you below from Better Homes & Gardens.

Location, Location, Location

When planting a large species avoid positioning it too closely to your house where its branches and roots can grow into the structure. Also, steer clear of planting trees that love water too closely to pavement. Daytime heat that collects in the cement releases at night, and trees like willows or river birches can experience stress, which can lead to other problems.

If you have no choice but to situate your tree in an area that’s not exactly the most spacious, be sure to select a small species, like a dwarf Japanese maple, a dwarf magnolia, or a dogwood.

Stay Close to Home

When choosing trees opt for species that are native to your local environment, which can mean they’re well adapted to the climate and soil. Native trees also help better sustain insects and birds. Most people don’t know a whole lot about native trees, so one way to learn a little more is to pay a visit to a local nursery or an arboretum where you can get ideas about what kinds of trees to plant, and how to plant them on your property.

Remember Your Roots

Consider planting young trees on your property. Younger trees that are two to four feet tall are typically healthier than larger ones over time because their root systems are usually intact when they’re transplanted.

Oftentimes larger trees have been dug out of the ground and then wrapped up to be sold, so it’s likely that they won’t have their full root systems intact because portions have been cut off while being uprooted. This can put mature trees under stress and cause them to require more watering in order to rebuild their root systems.

 

An added benefit of choosing younger trees is that they tend to be less expensive.

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