Planting a tree is a permanent and long term investment. It adds financial and aesthetic value to your home, but ultimately will benefit future generations and the planet. If you’re considering planting a tree, you need to give it the best possible chance of survival in the future by making the right choice for your habitat.
The first thing you need to take into consideration is how much space you have to work with. A tree grows high and wide both above and below the ground, and your garden should be able to accommodate this with ease. We are fortunate to live in warm and sunny climate that many species of trees thrive in, some a little too much! That’s why it’s important to select a tree that has a non-invasive root system and will not outgrow its location in a few years time. While trees such as Poincianas and Fig trees are beautiful, their large and complex root systems are not always well suited for urban living and should be carefully considered before planting.
When selecting trees speak to your local nursery about the trees growth, it’s potential size and root structure. There are many natives that are great for urban living and grow well here on the Gold Coast. Here’s a list of natives that the Gold Coast City Council recommend when replanting.
The second thing you’ll need to think about is your lifestyle. Can you put in the time and effort to keep your trees looking and functioning well? To help new trees establish quickly in their new gardens it’s important to keep them watered, mulched and fertilised. Once the tree is established and starts to grow it is a good idea to have them pruned regularly. This will help with the trees growth and form.
If you’re still in doubt over what to choose, we recommend you consult your local Arborist instead. Not only will they be able to match you with the best tree for you property, but they’ll also be able to assist you in getting it off the ground and growing healthily for decades to come.