Trees and other shrubbery serve many purposes in your yard. At different times they will provide shade, shelter, recreation, or just serve to beautify your yard and complement your other landscaping efforts. Anyone who has spent any time on the Outer Banks in the summer has surely enjoyed the relief of shade that a tree can provide. Research has shown that shaded surfaces may be 20-45 degrees cooler than the peak temperatures of unshaded surfaces  As we all know, a good, sturdy base is required for an afternoon nap on a well hung hammock. Proper tree care is essential for all of these things, and it starts from day one.

landscapingSince this tree will be part of your yard and landscape for generations, it is important that you select the correct tree. Some things to consider when selecting a tree:

  • The amount of sunlight it will receive
  • Any encumbrances to the root structure (will the roots be free to spread)
  • What type of soil will it will be planted in
  • How high/wide it can grow

By factoring in these variables, you can save yourself a tree care nightmare down the road. Just imagine choosing a tree whose roots spread under the garage, or even the foundation of your house. This would create a very troubling scenario that would require the expertise of a tree care specialist. If you are unsure of what type of tree would be best for your property, contact us at Albemarle Landscapes ( We have a staff of expert, and we have cared for thousands of trees, shrubs, and anything else that can grow in your yard.


After planting a tree, it is important that it’s growth and development is nurtured. The tree care that is provided in the first 3-5 years after planting will go a long way in determining the overall health of the tree through its life. Some things to keep in mind when your new tree is planted:

  • Don’t forget the mulch. Mulch provides many benefits to any tree, including temperature control, moisture retention, and the reduction of damage that a lawn mower could cause.
  • Don’t forget the water. Due to different levels of rainfall and direct sunlight, there is no perfect amount of watering, but one things is certain: As soon as your new tree has been planted and mulched, it needs to be watered. The soil should be kept moist down to the root level. This promotes growth and health in your new tree.


Trees provide many great benefits, and can even raise the value of your home. For such an important decision, if you have any questions about how to choose or care for a tree, reach out to us, at Our professional tree care specialists have many more tips and tricks to insure the health and life of your trees. We look forward to helping you beautify and increase the value of your home by helping you select the perfect tree, as well as providing the subsequent care to watch it grow and flourish.