New year, new house. Tree selection input requested.
Hi everyone :) I'm looking for some input/ideas relating to landscaping the mostly blank canvas of a yard at my new place. My main goal in starting this thread is to educate myself in what to plant, how to plant it, and to generally gain somewhat of a background so I can better judge the knowledge level of the local nurseries (and if I think they are giving me good advice, or just trying to move stock that might not be the best fit for my situation). I'll try to do research on the common questions outside of this thread to avoid duplicating questions that have already been answered many times before.
A little background:
I recently moved up from a townhouse to a single family home in Forest Hill, MD. My experience level with gardening is moderate, but with planting trees is low, having spent most of my time reducing the over planting that was done by the previous owner of my townhouse. In my 18' x 40' yard I was the proud owner of a Bradford Pear (one of the last 2 standing in the neighborhood of about 40), 5 bush type pink flowering crepe myrtles, and one white flowering tree type crepe myrtle.
Anyway, back to the new place. By the time we were moved in and had sold the townhouse, it was into December and (I had thought) it was too late to do any tree planting. My effort now is focused on getting ready to start planting ASAP this spring when it is warm enough, and when the trees are available to purchase. I don't have a good handle on the stock or the quality of local nurseries, or which "online" nurseries are good choices. I have never mail ordered a tree or plant before.
I have some rough goals for what I'd like to do with the yard, but I think I will start by posting some pictures, and talking about my yard. Thanks for reading!