When you decide to plant trees to fill out your landscaping, you have to pick and choose carefully to make sure you decide on the right ones for you. All new trees require care and maintenance, but some need more than others. You must ask yourself what your skill level is and how dedicated you are to your garden so you can narrow the field to the best potential candidates.
When they are young, trees can be quite delicate and fairly dependent on their owners for care. They’re also not cheap, so you must be fairly confident you will be able to provide the proper care.
Large Deciduous Trees
First ask yourself what type of trees you would like to have. Are you looking for your trees to eventually provide a canopy of shade in your yard? Then you might want to consider maple, poplar, aspen or some mighty oaks. Patience is required when growing these types of trees; they can take from 10 to 30 years to reach full maturity. They often need to be watered several times per week when first planted in order to become properly established. However, several kinds of automatic waterers are on the market today. Made of heavy-duty plastic, they look like big green bags wrapped around the trunk of the tree and usually hold up to 20 gallons of water. You simply fill up the bag with the hose and the water slowly seeps into the ground around the tree as needed, thereby eliminating the need for you to remember to water it often. (You have to remember to fill up the bag though!)
Flowering trees are also popular, and since they are often quite small, they do not take as long to deliver the results you are looking for. Among the best selling in Utah are crape myrtles, magnolias and dogwoods. Their beautiful, colorful blooms are always welcome harbingers of spring. Many varieties of flowering trees benefit from regular pruning, which should only be done after the bloom, lest you unintentionally cut off the buds. Also be sure to keep an eye out for pests on your flowering tree — an invasion of borers or other type of insect could spell its end.
Those living in a four-season climate often enjoy evergreen trees — pine, spruce and fir are all popular, and when you first buy them, they are still small enough to decorate at holiday time. While they do need a certain level of moisture (mulching around the base helps), evergreen trees rarely require pruning or fertilizing, making them a fairly easy addition to your landscape.
Earthworks provides all types of landscaping services, including installation of irrigation systems and planning and building hardscapes. If you’re interested in adding trees to your landscape, call Earthworks to find out what would work best for your yard and for advice on how to care for your plantings.