Polk County Conservation

Choosing Yard Trees

  • We moved into a new house this winter and there aren’t any trees on our lot. I’d like to plant a few trees in my yard this spring, but don’t know where to start. Do you have any tips to help me choose which trees to plant?

    I’m glad you are giving this some thought. Choosing the right tree can affect the surrounding area for years to come. Proper planting choices save time, money and later disappointments. One of the first things you need to do is evaluate the site where the tree or trees will be planted. You’ll need to consider exposure to light, wind and salt. How close are buildings, signs, and other trees? Underground considerations include soil pH, drainage, water table, rooting space restrictions, and underground utilities. To locate underground utilities, homeowners are required by law to contact Iowa One Call (1-800-292-8989) at least 48 hours prior to digging. Knowing these things will help you pick out a tree that will thrive in its planted location.

    More information can be obtained from a number of resources such as Polk County Conservation, Iowa State University, Iowa State Extension, Iowa Department of Natural Resources-Forestry Division or you can contact your local Certified Nursery Professional.

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    Administration Office
    11407 NW Jester Park Drive
    Granger, IA 50109

    P: (515) 323-5300
    F: (515) 323-5354
    pccb_info@polkcountyiowa.gov

    Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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