We all grieve in our own ways, but many of us find that creating something beautiful during a time of grief can be soothing. Since a tree will provide beauty and a soothing presence for many years to come, some people find memorial trees to be the perfect way to remember a lost loved one.
Choose the right tree, for the right spot.
As with any other time you plant a tree, choosing the right tree and the correct placement in your yard is essential. Avoid planting a large or fast-growing tree near a driveway, sidewalk, power line, or the foundation of your home. The last thing you want is to face the removal of your special tree due to poor placement.
As for the tree itself, consider whether it is well suited to our local climate. A disease- and pest-resistant variety will mean easier care throughout the years. You might wish to choose a species that reminds you of the person you are honoring or one that symbolizes something important to you. Consider their favorite colors or season, or simply select a tree that reminds you of their personality.
Fertilize and water your tree.
Young seedlings can be more delicate, so plan to fertilize and water your tree according to its needs. After a few years, the tree’s root system should be well established. It will still need water during times of drought, occasional fertilizer, and regular pruning to stay healthy.
If you’ve chosen a shade tree, adding a bench or swing can be a nice touch. You will be able to sit and enjoy the special spot you’ve created for many years in the future.
Add a plaque.
A memorial plaque can be as simple or as elaborate as you wish. Include your loved one’s name, a favorite quote, or any other information that you would like to share about them.
Landscape around your memorial tree.
Your memorial tree can even become an ongoing project that provides an important focal point in your yard. Consider adding a stone pathway leading to your tree, a small flower garden nearby, or other features that help the tree to stand out.
If you need help choosing a new tree for your yard, give us a call. We can help you decide how to add a lovely symbol of remembrance to your lawn.