Choose the Right Place
Here are some of the factors to consider when choosing the right place to plant trees around your home:
1. Where is there the most sun exposure?
Consider an un-shaded air-conditioning unit, un-shaded concrete/asphalt surfaces, and east, west and south-facing walls, doors and windows of your home. The sun shines most intensely here during the hot summer.
2. Where else should I consider placing trees?
Consider your desired privacy needs, whether you’ll be planting trees for food production, and whether your property needs wind breaks.
3. How much room do I have?
It is important to plant trees at least 10 to 15 feet from the foundation of the house and at least 5 feet from surface structures such as patios, driveways or sidewalks.
4. Where are utilities located?
Look for overhead and underground utilities.