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Implications of not planning

The results of poor planning can be dangerous.

Many landscapes fail in this respect. One species or cultivar might be planted regardless of soil conditions in hopes that it will grow as seen in a catalogue or book. The job looks great on paper and immediately after installation.

All trees are the same size and shape because they were growing in a uniform nursery environment. But trees often grow at different rates after planting and some may not even survive on certain
spots in the landscape due to high soil pH, compacted soil or drainage problems.

In this case, lack of proper site evaluation would spoil the intended design objective of uniform canopies. The key to maintaining uniform canopies is to create uniform soil conditions. Species selection alone can not accomplish this.