Day 124 | May 4, 2014


Terracing with tractor equipment (1946). Image from Clemson University Special Collections.

Choosing a Planting Location

A beautiful landscape owes its success to many types of care and considerations. Chief among them is a keen assessment and understanding of the particular conditions of the landscape site. No matter how attractive and healthy when chosen, or how well tended once in the ground, if the plant is not suited to the site it may be a serious disappointment.

When choosing plants for your home landscape, it is important to consider the following factors: the planting site's climate and micro-climates; the amounts of direct and indirect sunlight received throughout the day; exposure to wind and, in coastal areas, salt; various characteristics of the soil and the underground environment; and of course, man-made components like utility lines, signs, fences and buildings. In the long run, proper planning will help give your trees a longer life.

For more information on how to choose a location for your plant, explore HGIC Fact sheet No. 1050.


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