With the Autumn planting season only just around the corner now is the time to start considering what ornamental trees you would like in your garden. Autumn is the ideal time to do any planting in your garden just as farmers will be starting to plant out crops, gardeners should be planting out trees and other plants in their gardens. The planting conditions are most ideal at this time as the weather is starting to cool down, we ideally will receive some rain and the soil temperatures are more moderate but still warm enough to allow for root growth to happen. It is nature’s natural time for planting.
A great way to select a tree is to take a walk around your local area to check out some neighbouring gardens, visit a local park or even a drive around the Hilltops region to neighbouring towns and see what trees are growing well in people’s gardens or public spaces. This is an ideal time of year to do this as the trees you look at would have come through the hot dry Summer weather condition so you can see how well they have survived the heat. You can take note if they have any dieback or burnt leaves and look at their overall health. As the days begin to cool down you will also be able to observe the extent of their autumn foliage. Many trees will colour up better in some elevations or conditions better than others. Also the range of colours may be more varied in some trees than others. When you are looking at tree species you should take note of their size, their canopy shape or habit, the colour of their trunks, the shape of their leaves and other aesthetic features. If you are unsure of what species the tree is then you should take a photo on your phone of the tree or pick a leaf of the tree, make a note of any other noticeable features of the tree and you could always drop into Golden Glance Nursery where they are always happy to help with your tree identification and or tree selection advice.
Once you have some favourite tree species you would like to plant out in your garden you should also look at what are your size limitations in the space where the trees will grow, what are your soil conditions and aspect. These factors will help you select the right tree for your location.