Choose the Right Place

Here are some of the factors to consider when choosing the right place to plant trees around your home:

1. Where is there the most sun exposure?

Consider an un-shaded air-conditioning unit, un-shaded concrete/asphalt surfaces, and east, west and south-facing walls, doors and windows of your home. The sun shines most intensely here during the hot summer.

2. Where else should I consider placing trees?

Consider your desired privacy needs, whether you’ll be planting trees for food production, and whether your property needs wind breaks.

3. How much room do I have?

It is important to plant trees at least 10 to 15 feet from the foundation of the house and at least 5 feet from surface structures such as patios, driveways or sidewalks.

5. Where are utilities located?

Look for overhead and underground utilities. To check for underground utilities in the area you want to plant, call DigAlert (800) 227-2600 or www.digalert.org, at least two days before digging. DigAlert will mark the location of underground utilities in the right-of-way near the street or alley. There is no fee for this service.