Adding a few well-placed trees to your landscaping can greatly improve the appearance and enjoyment of your home. Of course, you will want to find a cost-effective way to achieve your tree planting goals.
1. Choose Native Trees
Trees that are native to your specific microclimate and are purchased locally often cost less initially than exotic trees that are sourced farther afield and shipped in. Further, natives often cost less in maintenance in the long run, since they are well suited for thriving in your climate with minimal water and fertiliser additions. If you must choose a non-native tree, make sure it is one that can grow well in your specific climate and soil conditions.
2. Look at Wholesale Options
If you are hoping to put in several trees, take the time to visit a wholesale nursery. These nurseries are just for professional landscaping firms as many will also offer special pricing for smaller numbers of trees for individual homeowners. A wholesale nursery also works with a lot of different growers and plant providers, so they may be better able to source difficult to find trees if you need such a service.
3. Combine Resources
In the event you don't need enough trees to qualify for wholesale pricing, you can always combine resources with your neighbours. If several people in your neighbourhood are hoping to put in some new trees, pool your order into a single order and place it with the nursery. You will all reap the savings and your neighbourhood will look all the better for the new trees.
4. Consider Other Benefits
Sometimes it pays to invest a bit more in a tree if it can provide savings in other ways. For example, planting a slightly more expensive tree variety that is known for its large canopy and supreme shade may lower your summer cooling costs by keeping out the sun's heat. A row of carefully placed trees can also act as a windbreak, which can reduce winter heating costs and also protect the home from damage.
5. Start Small
Finally, if you are still having trouble finding the trees you want at a price you can pay, opt for younger trees. You may need to wait a few more years for them to reach the desired height and spread, but saplings are often sold by nurseries for much less than older and more mature trees. Young trees may need a bit more hands-on care in the early years, but they will soon grow to a mature height.
Contact a wholesale tree nursery for more information and assistance.