How Much Space Should I Leave Between Newly Planted Trees and Shrubs

Like people, plants need their space to thrive. Plants like trees and shrubs vary with their needs for space. So, if you’re thinking of planting some native trees in Newnan, Georgia, don’t forget that these plants have individual requirements that you need to research. Otherwise, tightly spacing these plants could kill them. Even if they do survive, they’ll end up not growing too well. In this short article, we’ll be looking at the spacing requirements for shrubs and trees so you can maximize their potential.

Pick The Right Spot

Plants are not static. They’re slow, but they grow quicker than you’d think. Before you start regretting the limited space your fully-grown shrub fills up, here are some useful tips:

Determine the full potential height for your tree or shrub. Many trees require a lot of space when they are fully grown, so make sure you have plenty of ceiling space if you are planning outside. For width, determine the maximum height the tree will be and add at least one foot or two of space between the next tree. For example, if one tree is 20 feet tall, plant one every 21 feet from other trees, objects, and housing. This policy prevents the tree from damaging anything if it falls. (Some planters want to post shrubs side-by-side, which is fine. Just make sure you plant your next shrub as close to half the maximum width of its buddy.)Evaluate where your plant will be residing. Are there any utility poles that will bother your tree? Is your home too close to the shrubs, where their roots will damage your property? Are there other plants around that could end up harming the tree you are planting? Ask these logical questions to yourself to determine the best spot. Make sure that your plants won’t be growing over a utility line, like a sewage system. As your tree or shrub grows, their roots could end up interfering with piping, which could land you in hot water.

What To Avoid When Planting Your Tree Or Shrub

Planting your tree or shrub on an incline could cause issues down the road. Inclines can erode over time, which could cause harm to property around your tree if it falls. –Speaking of which, your tree fell, so that’s gone too. If you must plant on an incline, make sure the ground is sturdy enough not to erode. If your tree is nearby your home, ensure its branches won’t be growing over your roof. Alternatively, make sure your shrubs don’t get blown into your walls if a major windstorm hits. Don’t assume a tree needs space based on the trunk alone. Trees also have branches, which is what a lot of gardens and tree nurseries use to determine the correct width of the tree. Don’t make the mistake of suffocating your tree later when it needs that extra space for its branches!

If your tree or shrub doesn’t get the space it needs, it could end up dying or hurting your property. By following these spacing guidelines, you’ll be able to safely plant your tree and shrub in spots that will make your landscape look great. Also, your plants will thrive, too!

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