Design & Planting

Naperville Lawn is a full-service landscape and planting design and installation company. From garden design process to tree care, we offer professional services with an artistic focus. We are committed to providing you with the best possible outdoor living experience by combining the latest in horticulture technology and creative vision. As a full-service landscape contractor, we’re able to provide you with an extensive list of services. We can landscape design and install all your outdoor living needs. If it has something to do with the outdoors – whether that be plantings, hardscape (patios, walkways), or lighting – Naperville Lawn is here for you.


A tree is a living organism. It needs sunlight, water, and soil to survive. If you plant a seed in the ground it will grow into a sapling. You can nurture this sapling by giving it food and shelter for many years until it becomes an adult tree that will provide shade, produce oxygen for humans to breathe, act as habitat for wildlife, help control or prevent erosion of hillsides or shorelines by holding the dirt together with its roots (anchoring), feed other plants with its leaves (decomposition) and store carbon dioxide (CO2) which helps reduce global warming.

Selecting plants and shrubs in your yard is a great way to reduce erosion, provide shade and lower heating bills. Planting trees around the home will benefit you by providing oxygen for breathing and giving wildlife homes like squirrels, birds, and other small animals places to live. There is a great source of plant selection to choose the best for your lawn.


Know Your Yard

Before you plant a tree, start by taking time to get to know your yard. If there are trees already in the area where you want to add more taller plants, take note of what they look like and their condition.

Next, determine how much sun reaches certain spots throughout the day so that you can place new plants accordingly. You can check the sun by looking at shadows on your house or another surface.

Trees and Shrubs with Different Sun Requirements

Some trees and plant species need a lot of direct sunlight, these include ash trees, ginkgo trees, sycamore trees, and bald cypress trees. If you have a spot in your yard where there is a lot of shade, these trees will do well there. Herbaceous plants can also require a specific amount of sun.

If you have a sunny spot in your yard where the sun hits most or all day long, consider planting: dogwood tree, red oak tree, and American holly tree. If you want to plant under an existing tree that provides lots of shade it is best to choose evergreen trees and shrubs. Evergreen plants do not lose their leaves in the winter so they can provide a nice look under your shade tree during all seasons of the year.

Be Careful When Choosing Shrubs for Sun-Loving Areas

If you have an area that gets lots of sun throughout the day, be careful when choosing shrubs. Many shrubs are sun-lovers, but not all of them can handle the heat and full-day exposure to sunlight. For example, azaleas do well in the shade so they would be ideal choices for a spot that is shady most of the time.

The Best Trees To Plant In Your Yard

If you have an area in your yard where you want to grow trees, certain types of trees do well. The oak tree, maple tree, and sweetgum tree all love lots of sunlight so they would be good choices for sunny areas in the yard.

Some types of trees do well in areas where you get a little bit of sunlight throughout the day. Dogwood tree, a cedar tree, and elm tree all like the partial sun so they would be good choices for an area that does not receive full sun most of the time.


If you plant trees and shrubs in your yard, it is important to keep them healthy. It is best to water the plants when they need water rather than watering on a set schedule. You also want to avoid over-watering because that can damage the soil structure which will lead to erosion problems for your garden or landscape areas.

Once a month you should fertilize your trees and shrubs since this will help them grow strong roots so that they can get all of the nutrients from the soil.

To protect your garden, it is best to apply pesticides after consulting with an arborist or other professional who knows what types of treatments are appropriate for different plants in your yard.