Friday, February 26, 2016

The option of trees

Not all people like trees, just as not all trees like people but they part of nature and have many features that are useful; so when deciding to plant a tree/s think ahead about its purpose, its location, its size below ground and above ground, the type of tree you want (flowering or non-flowering, evergreen or deciduous, fruiting or non-fruiting), and how much time and effort you want to put into maintaining your new friend/s.

Size and Purpose

Standard trees (20 to 50 feet tall) make good heritage trees that last through generations, but note they're very difficult to prune. Semi-dwarf and standard trees (12 to 19 feet tall) are good as shade trees, helping reduce the cooling expense on your house and giving you a great place to set-up a seating area. Dwarf trees (8 to 12 feet tall) or Columnar trees are perfect for small spaces or large pots.


Photo by
Ron Shirt/CC BY-SA 2.0/Wikimedia
The ideal time to plant most trees is mid-Autumn, don't plant any tree later than about six weeks before the first killing frost, the tree needs time to establish roots. Remember to dig the hole no deeper than the root ball and depending on the tree your planting two to five times wider than the root ball from the nursery. After setting the tree in the hole spread the roots out, trim very long roots back and with tree upright fill hole with soil. Scatter a few handfuls of fertilizer starting about 2 feet out from the trunk and extending just beyond the tips of the branches. Give it a good long drink of water and when the time is right a proper pruning to keep your tree healthy and in good shape.

Trees in the garden

Photo by
Andreas Lakso/CC BY-SA 4.0/Wikimedia
Tree/s in the garden can be used either in a decorative or a functional way. Trees have many ornamental features that can add beauty, scent and interest to a garden. From peeling and/or flaking bark that can add color, texture and an interesting pattern to flowering trees that bring a explosion of color, with or without scent and a crop of fruit or nuts. Many trees are also valued decoratively for their every changing leave color throughout the seasons. The functional use of trees in the garden include their use as a sound or wind barrier, shading, a canopy to help block excessive rain, their production of fruit or nuts, and a provider of shelter for wildlife.

In the end

No matter if you enjoy planting trees or just looking at them, trees offer a variety of features that almost no other plant offers and whether it is deciduous or evergreen can stir your emotions in one way or another just by being there.

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