Choosing The Best Patio Trees
Several types of trees will work well for patios. Whether evergreen or deciduous, the right tree can provide shade, a screen for an unwanted view and add beauty to the patio. When considering a patio tree, home owners should be very careful with the decision. This tree will have more permanence than most home decor. There are a few matters that should be weighed, some practical and others a matter of personal taste. Perhaps the most important thing to consider in choosing a patio tree is the root structure. Surface roots can literally rip apart pavement and patios as they grow. Loosely rooted trees, like many evergreens, are more likely to tip over in the case of flooding. This tipping can tear out portions of the patio. To best protect the patio area, choose roots that bury deep and strong.
Small trees with limited growth are generally the best choice. Many home owners choose dwarf trees that grow a maximum of 10 feet (3 meters) or so. For larger patio areas, 25 foot (7.6 meter) trees are acceptable. The key is to find a patio tree that will grow large enough to provide adequate shade for the area without towering above it and overtaking the area.