We could all close our eyes and imagine the driveway in this photo flanked by lawn. It wouldn't be nearly as powerful a place. You could pave this driveway with any stone or modular paver available, but the trees that compress the space are what create a magical experience.
In one of our more embarrassing moments, a loader caught and split an important branch. We immediately brought one of our arborist partners in, who managed to save the branch. These plants are so valuable, they're not above a little surgery from time to time.
I plant my share of flowering understory trees — and the landscape wouldn't be complete without them — but I encourage you to consider planting shade trees, no matter what the size of your property is. Spend some time considering how your landscape might evolve in 15 years with some mature shade trees, or how you could create an experience among the trees you might have on your property.
If you have large trees on your property, seek out those knowledgable about soil biology and plant health care to help manage them. Creating balance in a landscape can be inexpensive if you manage it properly, and the experience of living with an abundant landscape can be invaluable.
Read more about the care of trees