You can plant certain species of tree to make your house look grander!
Trees can do wonders for a yard, and also a house! By using trees in a strategic way, you can reap many benefits, including energy efficiency, noise reduction, natural snow fencing, and much more. Trees attract fun wildlife to watch from your window or porch, as well as, provide shade on hot summer days. But most importantly, trees provide beauty. And since there are so many species of tree suitable for Indiana climates, it is easy to customize a look that truly speaks to your character.
One way to use trees to your advantage in terms of aesthetics is to plant them in specific places in order to make your home look wider, grander, and majestic. Continue reading to learn how you can achieve this natural landscaping illusion.
Which Species To Use
The top recommended species of tree to use to make your house appear wider and bigger is a flowering dogwood. Suggested species include the common flowering dogwood, and the Korean (Kousa) Dogwood. Cornus is a genus of about 30–60 species of woody plants in the family Cornaceae that are suitable for U.S. hardiness zones 5 through 9. They are medium height trees with wide canopies, which are the key features to look for in a tree for this project. Their average mature height is between 15 and 30 feet, with an average canopy width up to 30 feet or more.
Where to Plant Them
If you are trying to make your house look wider, the best spot to plant a Dogwood tree is on each side, in the corner. Choose an area that receives partial shade, as too much sun exposure can jeopardize the tree’s ability to retain sufficient levels of water. Northern and eastern-facing corners that get good morning sun and afternoon shade are perfect spots for a flowering dogwood.
If you do not have a spot that provides these conditions, you can choose a south or west-facing spot that gets shad in the afternoon by adjacent trees or structures. When you choose your spot, be sure there is still ample space between the house and the tree. This will give the tree enough room to bloom, without jeopardizing the structural integrity of the siding.