Autumn chores in the garden should include planting some trees! A Garden Review for you!
Now don't get your knickers all in a knot! Some people think that fall is the time to stop gardening, clean out the flower beds and put everything to sleep for the winter months that are fast approaching. I'm here to tell you that you are wrong, so wrong! Those are some of the jobs that will need doing, but right now think about trees!
Autumn is a great time to plant trees and shrubs. There are several reasons that you should be doing some tree planting at this time. Trees are the lungs of the earth and healthy air around your home is a must!
In the fall the ground has been nicely warmed up. Summer heat gets right down to the deeper parts of the ground. The soil is warm and generally moist. When you dig a hole for a new tree you will see for yourself that the soil is nice and warm . When you plant a tree in that warm soil, the roots that have been bound up in a root ball, will nicely ease their way into that warmth. You can wait till spring, but have to wait until the soil is frost free for best results. Late April or early May are target times for spring planting. In the fall you can plant right up till the first signs of snow. The ground will keep it's warmth even with a snow cover. The snow, believe it or not, is a great insulator.
In the fall, trees naturally go into a state of dormancy. The saps run down into the roots and the leaves fall. The energy of the trees are already in the lower parts of the trees. So placing them into warm soil will make them very happy. Autumn rains will also help get those roots to stretch out and grab hold. But proper planting techniques are still a good rule to follow.
Before you start to think about planting a tree, make sure you know what kind of tree you want in your space. If you have a large area, then plant whatever you like, but, if you live in an urban area, you may have to think about this a little more. Do you want a lot of shade in your yard? Are you looking to mask the sounds of traffic, or are you wanting some fruit for your efforts. All these questions should be asked and answered before you buy and plant anything.
Some trees have deep roots, some have shallow ones! Planting a tree close to foundation walls is never a good idea. Nor is planting a tree that gets very deep expansive roots. Some research is necessary if you want to have a good result.
Trees have different shapes and natural heights that they will grow to. Depending on what you want from the tree, you will have to make some educated choices. I like this link from Arborday.org, for some really good information, so that once you decide to plant the trees, you will have made the right decisions.
It is wonderful to be able to reach the information you need in the garden when you are busy with the task at hand.
Trees are a wonderful addition to any landscape and will give you years of beauty. The birds, bees, and small critters will thank you and grace you with their presence. Mother Nature will appreciate your help in keeping the air fresh and clean as well.
Put this book on your shelf, so that you will have easy access to some of the best information and suggestions for picking, planting and maintaining your trees as they mature.
Happy tree planting and here's to your healthy! I hope you enjoy your happy gardening space.
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