Trees and shrubs are a great way to add real value to your landscape. Because they have a lifespan that can potentially outlast you and your house, it pays to shop smart. A failure to plan can spell disaster down the road-for your trees and shrubs, and for your pocketbook.
About The Author: Ellen Brown is an environmental writer and photographer and the owner of Sustainable Media, an environmental media company that specializes in helping businesses and organizations promote eco-friendly products and services.
Good advice. I'd also toss the importance of working with a landscaper (or talking to a gardening house) that is local -- so that you get a perspective on what will grow in your area. Soil conditions can change dramatically from one town to another.
Dear Ellen...I always get excited when I see that you have written another article on ThriftyFun. You always include something in your articles that educates me or answers questions I have. You're most appreciated advice I found with this article, is not to depend on all sales people to know everything regarding what you are about to buy.
Without going into detail of what a sales person said or didn't say, is it required to have two or more "Razzle Dazzle" Crepe Myrtle bushes in order for them to bloom? We planted a Myrtle bush several years ago that refuses to bloom. Everything appears to be correct regarding the proper location for full sun. It's growing nicely, well rounded and healthy but it just won't "Razzle Dazzle."
If needing two bushes, to produce blooms, is just a bunch of bunk, rather than buying another myrtle, I would prefer to buy a nice healthy weeping cherry tree to fill the next spot we have picked out for our next point of interest in our yard. Thanx Ellen! Your opinion is gratefully appreciated as well as respected. Please keep writing! Love it!
I wonder if people realize a fruit tree in blossom is as lovely as any flowering bush, plus you get fruit later.
Buy in pairs for pollinization, even if it says you don't need to, because it does produce more fruit to have two around. One day you will be old and need to keep up your health; who knows what things will cost, or what condition our economy will be in. What about our children and grandchildren. If you have planted for them, they will never forget you. Four dwarf fruit trees which last about 20-30 years can be planted in the corners of an 10x10 foot
square, and put one regular apple tree in the middle. By the time the dwarf trees are dead, the standard apple tree will be ready to last another 40 or 50 years.
You don't have to spray them with much, maybe a bordeaux mix once a year [sulfur and lime], and if you are lucky enough to be able to have a chicken or two let them peck below the trees and they will get rid of any bugs in nothing flat.
Add your voice! Click below to comment. ThriftyFun is powered by your wisdom!