Having trees on your cafe is a very important consideration if you’re thinking about starting up a coffee shop or a cafe of some kind. While they add beauty to the surroundings and also make your customers feel more “at home,” there are some environmental considerations as well that should be taken into account before deciding to plant trees. Some things to consider:
What type of impact will having trees have on the surrounding landscape? Will they cut down anything else? Will they affect water runoff or flood prevention? Do the birds like them? These are just a few questions to ask when deciding to plant something like this.
People don’t usually associate trees with cafes, unless they’re in an urban area. If you live in a suburban or rural area, trees probably won’t affect you, because they don’t tend to get much traffic. But what about those who live in the city? How will their views change if your cafe has trees right there? Does it matter for them?
One thing to think about is where you’re thinking of putting your cafe. A tree should be at least 3 feet away from any other object of object that’s in your way, like driveways or other stairs. That could mean that your drive is one way too long, so you would need to trim it. It might also mean that part of your drive is blocked by trees, so that you won’t have access to your building’s doors, windows, or other entrances if you have trees in those places. Trees that could hurt people, or even kill them, aren’t something you want to have growing next to your customers.
What kind of impact will trees have on your business? Will it increase productivity? Will customers sit longer if there are more trees around? The effects of having trees around your cafe will depend on several factors. There really isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer to this, so you’ll probably have to do some research on your own.
Will you be able to plant the trees yourself? Some types of trees don’t grow well in soil, and you might have to hire someone to plant them. Other trees can be easier to plant yourself, but you might end up using an herbicide to get them started. The type of tree you get will depend on your climate, as well as how much sunlight your cafe gets and whether or not you will be facing freezing temperatures.
Will the trees be overgrown? Overgrowth can be problematic, as it can create an unsightly mess and make it hard for you and your staff to move around. You might end up having to remove some of the trees if the growth gets too big. If your cafe is located near a playground or in a wooded area, you might want to consider using an in-ground tree rather than an outdoor one.
Should I use trees that I buy or grow on my own? Some tree species can be grown from seeds, but others might require transplanting or other preparations. This might cost a bit more money, so you’ll want to carefully consider which trees are right for your cafe. Also, you’ll want to choose plants that are suited to your climate.
What do I look for in trees? First, you should consider where they are located relative to your establishment. If you aren’t limited by location, choose one that grows reasonably well and isn’t very susceptible to pests. Be sure to pick one that is known to grow slowly and mature in a reasonable amount of time. In terms of pests, some trees can attract bees and insects that could become a real nuisance.
You could also consider purchasing a tree that has already matured, but is not in a healthy state yet. You could simply place the tree in a sunny area for several months, making sure it is receiving plenty of light and is growing healthily. Some specialty trees, such as Melaleuca trees, could also provide a nice, shade-loving backdrop to your patio area. If you are concerned about trees that might need to be removed before your cafe starts operating, you should be able to find out this information from the retailer.
I have no affiliation with any trees or tree removal companies in particular. I am writing this article purely for the purposes of helping my customers understand one very important question: “Do I Need Trees to Make My Cafe Furniture More Attractive?” It’s a valid question and one I hope will receive an answer soon. Happy planting!