Is your yard lacking something? With the popularity of planned developments, many houses these days seem to be missing the thing that gives a lawn striking personality: trees! A surprising number of new homeowners overlook adding trees to their yard, perhaps put-off by the hefty price tag and lack of experience. Fortunately, tree husbandry is much easier than one would expect, and we’ve got the tips to help you succeed.
Many people incorporate trees into their landscape design. Trees can enhance the landscape and provide beneficial shade but they can also have some negative effects. Before planting trees in your yard, you should research the growth habits of various trees to determine how they will impact the landscape in the years ahead. If you’ve moved into a home where the landscaping includes trees, you should take note of the condition of the trees, their size and placement area to see if you need to take steps to eliminate or avoid common problematic issues that trees can cause.
Contributed by Emma Metson
As we near the end of fall, the temperatures really start to drop and the nights start to draw in; it’s now that you want to start ticking off your list of winter garden jobs. For many though, this is the time of year that our gardens slip to the back of our minds as we start spending more time indoors.
However, just because the bright blooms of summer have died back and leaves are starting to fall from the trees, doesn’t mean the season to enjoy our gardens is over! If you get smart with what you plants, you can have a beautiful garden all year round.
The trick is to choose the right plants with aspects that still deliver visually during colder weather. The best choices are shrubs, bushes, and trees.
Here are some top picks for you to plant in your garden this winter.
1. Paperbark Maple (Acer griseum)
When choosing what to grow in your garden, don’t make the mistake of only thinking about flowers. Plants that provide texture, especially during the winter, are ideal for creating an all round, all seasons garden.
The Paperbark Maple is perfect for the addition of texture to your garden. All year round the brown bark on its branches and trunk peels back in thin layers to reveal the brighter red colored wood beneath.
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