Trees are important in every landscape -- big or small, urban or rural, cottage or contemporary. But because trees live a lifetime or more (and often cost so much), they can be intimidating to choose and maintain. We have advice on selecting the best trees for your landscape and caring for them once they're planted. Nearly every yard has room for small trees, and they add character to the landscape. Choose from some of these varieties as a starting point. Other good garden choices include elegant, beautiful Japanese maples, which have become a hit with gardeners in the past few years; conifers; and flowering trees. Review the choices to find one that meets your landscape needs. The first year is often the most critical in a tree's life; learn essential steps to protect your new trees, particularly in winter. Once your trees are off to a good start, continue to promote their health: We have the advice you need. In addition to offering shade and structure, trees can do unique things. For example, a row of small espaliered trees can be trained into decorative patterns and serve as a living fence; we teach you how.
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Keeping Trees Healthy
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Best Flowering Trees and Shrubs
Add color and fragrance to your yard with our picks of beautiful flowering trees and shrubs.
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All About Japanese Maples
Lacy, colorful leaves and a graceful growth habit makes this small tree a beautiful asset to any yard.
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New Trees and Shrubs for 2013
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Our Favorite Small Trees
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The Best Conifers for Your Yard
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18 Excellent Japanese Maples
Explore the range of color and leaf shape of this versatile small tree.
Grow Japanese Maples Anywhere
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Buying a Christmas Tree to Plant
A living holiday tree will decorate your landscape long after the holidays are over.
Selecting Trees by Shape
The shape of a tree dictates where you plant it -- learn about how trees grow and how they can accent your yard.
Selecting Trees for Your Yard
Pick the trees in your yard with the future in mind because they can grow and last for decades.
Tree Removal Cost
Get cost guidelines, DIY tips, and find tree-removal professionals in your area.
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