Trees and Shrubs
You have a wide variety of trees to choose from in deciding what works best in your lawn. Flowering fruit trees are popular because they tend to stay small and compact and are often very ornamental. Some of the most popular flowering trees are the Flowering Almond, Peach and Cherry. The Cherry trees in particular are compact and covered in delicate pink and white flowers. Look for the Yoshina Cherry and the Sargent Cherry or the Higan Cherry. Crab Apple trees also produce beautiful blooms in early spring. The Purple Crab tree is aptly named for its deep purple red flowers.
The taller trees that provide shade to the home and lawn are also popular but should be used sparingly on a small lot. Afterall some can grow a few stories high. Good trees are the Hickories, Elms, Maples, Lindens, and Basswoods, and Oaks. Each one has its own attractive feature. Oaks and Hickories provide nuts which may draw in cute squirrels and other wildlife and Maples are very well formed trees, while Lindens and Basswoods are found to be very symmetrical.
Planting a tree is a difficult but very important process. If you plant the tree properly there will be a minimum of shock and it should grow very well and fast. If not planted properly it will die. The best transplant trees are gotten from a nursery because their roots have all ready been restricted by root pruning. This has strengthened the roots and helps to adapt the tree to being moved. Don’t be tempted to buy a huge tree as you will not only need to get it to your property you will need to dig a hole that’s big enough fro the root ball and so on. Better to get a small to medium sized tree and plant it properly so it will grow fast.
Plant your tree in late fall, because the stress of spring may be too hard on the shocked tree. When its removed from the ground for transplant dip the roots in a bath of mud to protect them from getting dried out. A good sized hole for the tree should be at least two feet deep and one foot wider on all sides than the root ball. Make sure that the soil you fill in the hole with is well mixed with nutrient providing peat moss, humus and even manure. This will be your only chance to cultivate the dirt around the tree. Remember to press the dirt lightly around the roots so there are no air pockets.