Finding the Perfect Tree for Your Yard

It’s nice to find a shady spot in our late summer heat, but you can even create some of your own if you plan and plant the right way. Lance Roberson of PLance dropped by to tell us more. Shorter and shady under-story trees include redbuds, dogwoods, Japanese maple and tulip trees. Lance also gave us examples of large shade trees: live oak, elm, ash, magnolia, weeping willow and juniper. Trees that provide a dual purpose like shade and food such as peaches, apples and pecans are the most ideal.

You should call 811 before you dig so they can mark utility lines. For rural areas, be mindful of fire breaks. You’ll want to plant a tree a distance of 1.5 times the height from the house to prevent forest fires from spreading onto your property. Plance’s services include residential, community agriculture, ranch, wildlife and crops. You can call them at 512-672-9250 for more information or check out provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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