Best Trees for Argyle
Date January 20, 2021
So you’ve decided to plant a tree on your Argyle property? We think that’s great! There are countless environmental and ecological benefits to trees, and Argyle is the home of many trees and many different types of trees. However, some trees are better adapted to handle the Argyle soil, climate, and landscape. Here are some of the best trees for Argyle, as well as some tips for picking out your new sapling.
Why choose a native tree?
When you plant a tree, you want to choose something that will thrive in its new home. Although all trees, including native ones, take some TLC, a tree that isn’t well-adapted to local conditions takes extra work and care. Some things will need to be modified to suit that tree’s particular needs. For example, a non-native tree might need different soil conditions or more water than naturally available. You could end up spending a lot of money to maintain it. Trees that thrive in the wild in your area have a higher likelihood of succeeding on your property as well. Although you’ll still need to make sure it has what it needs for a healthy life, a native tree will require less special attention.
Things to consider when choosing a tree:
- Tree function — What kind of tree do you want? A large tree to provide shade? A small, decorative tree that flowers? Do you want a tree that produces nuts or fruit for you or the neighborhood wildlife?
- Size and shape — Every tree has a height it’s expected to reach maturity. Be sure to research before you pick your new tree because some Texas trees grow to be quite large. You want to ensure that the tree is not too big for your yard. Also, consider the shape of the tree. You might plant a low-spreading tree under utility lines. Thin, narrow trees could be a fence between you and your neighbors.
- Site conditions — Consider the site conditions of the spot you’ve selected for your new tree. What’s the state or composition of the soil? Is it mostly clay or sand? What kind of drainage does the area get? What’s the exposure level of the site? Is it full-sun, or is it hidden behind the house most of the day? Certain trees are better suited for each of these conditions mentioned. Find the tree that best matches your spot.
Which trees are best suited for Argyle?
It’s hard to select just a few of the best trees in Argyle. There are so many to choose from, but below is a list of trees that we recommend because they’re native to the area and are known to find the local soil conditions and climate very favorable. If you have questions about which tree to choose for your yard or property, consider working with a certified arborist Argyle.
- American Elm, although it’s not widely available in retail nurseries, it’s a native tree that’s fast-growing and tolerates a wide range of conditions. It’s known for its vase-shaped crown. It can grow up to 90 feet tall with a trunk of up to three feet in diameter. Argyle residents choose this tree for its shade. It produces an oval-shaped, winged fruit.
- Baldcypress is another Texas native that’s excellent at adapting to many soil and moisture conditions, although it grows exceptionally well in wet areas. Argyle property owners like it for its coppery fall color. It’s a deciduous conifer that produces feather-like leaves and small, round seed balls.
- Bur Oak is a Texas native that’s known for being drought-tolerant and preferring alkaline soils. Argyle homeowners choose this tree for its shade and its large acorns. It grows slowly but only needs a moderate amount of water.
- Cedar Elm is another tough, drought-tolerant shade tree that’s adaptable to a variety of conditions. It can handle being in poorly-drained soils. It tolerates alkaline soils and only needs a moderate amount of water. It’s known for its small, textured leaves that turn a brilliant yellow color in the fall.
- Pecan, Texas’s state tree, is popular both in the wild and property owners in Argyle. This tree needs a lot of room, so keep that in mind before choosing it. It’s drought-tolerate, can handle poorly drained sites, and tolerates alkaline soils. It’s best known for its fruit, which is the only commercially grown nut in Texas.
- Shumard Oak and Texas Red Oak are popular, widely available trees. Although they prefer well-drained soils, they can moderately tolerate poorly drained sites. They’re recognizable by their leaves with five to seven lobes and their acorns, which are eaten by various neighborhood wildlife.
- Sweetgum is a Texas native known for its rapid growth, star-shaped leaves, and the spiky seed balls it produces. It tolerates poorly drained sites, but it is sensitive to alkaline conditions, so test your soil before choosing this tree.
- Chinkapin Oak is a drought-tolerant Texas native that thrives in limestone soils. It’s known for its lush, dark green leaves that make it an excellent shade tree. It produces acorns.
- Live Oak is an evergreen tree known for its glossy, dark green leaves that remain through the winter and its hardy disposition. It can live for hundreds of years in the right conditions. It is drought tolerant and can handle alkaline soils.
Tips for choosing a healthy sapling
When you go to the nursery to pick out your new tree, there are a few things you should look for to ensure you’re choosing the best quality tree available:
- Look for trees that have a strong form and well-spaced branches. You want to avoid a tree that has a V-shaped trunk or branches that grow into each other.
- Check the tree for wounds, including the trunk. Avoid trees that have wounds from rough handling or incorrect pruning techniques.
- Choose a tree that has a healthy root system. Avoid trees that have limited or crushed roots, or that have roots that encircle the root ball or container.
TreeNewal can help
If you have any questions about the material mentioned above, know TreeNewal is here to help. We are proud to offer some of the best Argyle tree services available. We have three ISA Certified Arborists on staff and an entire team of trained, highly qualified tree care professionals. Our certified tree experts Argyle can help you choose the right tree for your property, pick the best spot for your new addition, and plant your tree. We also offer Argyle tree care, such as Argyle tree pruning and removal. Many young trees should be pruned when they are first planted and then regularly for a few years after that. It’s vital to the tree’s health that you use the proper techniques when pruning, so consider hiring an arborist Argyle for this tricky task. Our tree arborist Argyle is available to answer your questions or visit your property for an assessment. Call us at (817) 592-6846 today.
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