Homeowners who aspire to add trees to their landscapes would be well advised to consider other potential issues. A free, downloadable publication from the AgCenter, Native Tree Growing Guide for Louisiana provides 16 pages of good advice for an attractive, shady landscape.
To prevent future headaches, here are some things to avoid with respect to tree planting:
The tree guide addresses the “why, where, what, when and how” of tree planting in some detail. It includes a list of native trees to consider for landscaping with specific lists for different purposes:
If you have concerns about landscape trees, contact your county agent or extension forester and ask for a site visit to examine your tree and to receive recommendations.
Keith Hawkins is the area horticulture agent in Allen, Beauregard, Evangeline, Rapides and Vernon parishes. You can reach him by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 337-463-7006.
A closeup of a redbud tree (Cercis canadensis) in bloom. Photo by David J. Stang (Wikimedia Commons).
Placing vegetation where it can obstruct a road sign should be avoided. Photo by Andrea De Stefano.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture