While most people think of gardening as tending to vegetables, flowers, and herbs in plots around the yard, trees can be another beautiful addition, functioning as a natural source of shade, oxygen, and colorful foliage. As with any type of gardening, planting trees around your home is possible for just about anyone to do with proper research and preparation.
Planting new trees in your yard may offer an abundance of benefits related to comfort, attractiveness, and functionality.
One of the most commonly-known functions of trees is helping to convert carbon dioxide into oxygen, which supplements the surrounding environment with cleaner, less polluted air. They can also provide shelter for birds and support a variety of other creatures in the area.
Additionally, trees can provide a fair amount of privacy and shade around your property. Adding new trees is a prettier, more natural-looking alternative to installing fences or other yard dividers. With their ability to block hot summer sun and cool winter winds, large trees may help to reduce energy costs in your home.
The natural beauty of trees also enhances the appearance of your yard. More colors and foliage surrounding your home can increase curb appeal and make your property feel more attractive and complete.
When choosing which kinds of trees you want to add to your yard, it is important to consider their purpose and what will grow well in your area. Your local garden center is a great resource for determining which types of trees will work best for you.
A few tree options to consider:
The key to growing a healthy and strong tree is giving it a healthy foundation by planting and maintaining it properly.
For many types of trees, the best time to plant is in the fall. New trees require less water before they grow leaves, so planting in cooler soil gives them time to establish strong roots over the winter months before blooming in spring.
To establish secure placement of your tree, you should place it in a hole that is two to three times as wide as its root ball and deep enough that it rests at the same height in the soil as it was in its container. Once you have rotated the tree to the direction you would like it to face, replace the soil and install several stakes that will properly stabilize the tree for about six months.
You will then need to keep up with regular watering at least once per week during its first growing season, using enough water at a time to fully saturate the roots. Adding wood chips around the base of the tree may help to make the watering process more effective. Additionally, fertilizing the soil around your tree is not necessary for at least two to three years, and only until it has matured.
To help pick out the perfect trees for your yard and get more advice about how to plant them, stop by our greenhouse and let us help you get started!
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