Trees Beautify Urban Environments

Selecting the right trees for your landscape is possibly the most important decision you can make for the long-term quality of your yard. Planting the right tree in the wrong place or planting the wrong tree in the right place can have dire consequences for years to come. Choosing the right tree for the right place includes: choose a planting location, allowing generous room for growth, evaluating planting area conditions and selecting a tree that will flourish in your chosen planting spot.

Irving's Tree Guide
Presented by the Irving Parks and Recreation Department through the Irving Tree Board, this colorful publication serves as a guide for residents that may have questions regarding how to plant a tree, proper pruning, maintenance, disease and other issues that trees face in north Texas. Included is a list, along with photos, recommending the 25 best trees for Irving. View Guide

Hard Working Trees
Trees perform an astonishing variety of valuable functions that benefit our environment, such as:
  • Conserving energy – Trees can lower air conditioning bills from 10 to 50 percent by shading a home from the summer sun.
  • Reducing pollution – The leaves on trees remove carbon dioxide from the air, filter microscopic dust particles and even remove some toxic pollutants.
  • Conserving water – A tree’s leafy canopy slows and filters rainfall.
  • Providing wildlife habitat – Trees provide shelter and food to birds, insects, and small reptiles and mammals.
  • Increasing property values – Well-placed, high-quality trees can raise property values by as much as 20 percent. During new construction, remodeling or other major projects, remember to protect your natural investment by temporarily fencing around your trees to prevent root and bark injuries and soil compaction.
  • Beautifying urban environments – Trees provide visual interest to neighborhoods and business districts alike with their vibrant colors, attractive shapes, fragrances, flowers and interesting wildlife residents.

Soil types – Be sure to check soil conditions that will affect the future growth and success of your trees such as low fertility, compaction and pollution contamination.

Nursery selection – Look for the following when purchasing a tree:

  • Select a tree with a straight, single leader.
  • Avoid damaged bark.
  • Avoid broken or dead limbs.
  • If tree is dormant, scratch the bark to make sure it is moist and green inside.
  • Make sure the root ball is moist or container and soil is moist and the roots are not exposed.

Click here to view the Dallas Urban Forest Advisory Committee Tree Planting Guide.