June 2018

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Growing a healthy tree at home starts with selecting a healthy tree from the nursery.

There are many things to consider when deciding to plant a tree in your yard.  Heading to the tree nursery to find the perfect tree can be a bit overwhelming, but there are certain things to consider when deciding on the right tree for your home.  

One thing to consider when choosing your tree is the tree’s function.  What purpose will your new tree serve your yard? If you’re looking for a tree for shade in your yard, then selecting a large deciduous tree is the way to go.  A flowering tree is nice for decorative purposes, and evergreens are perfect for gaining a bit more privacy. It’s easy to narrow down the right tree for your yard once you’ve decided on the tree’s function.

Another thing to consider when selecting a tree is the size of the tree.  Trees that will grow too large may do major damage to your home and its foundation.  On the other hand, you may pick a tree that is not large enough to give you the privacy you need.  Consider where you want to plant your tree when deciding on your tree.

It’s important to take into account what the tree will be exposed to.  Certain factors, such as insects, weather conditions, and even man made obstacles, such as power lines and buildings, can have an effect on the health of your tree.  

Once you’ve decided on the type of tree to plant, you’ll want to pick a healthy tree.  Signs of a healthy tree are:

  • The tree is in good shape, not beat up.
  • No brown or curled leaves.
  • Uniform bark
  • Trunks that taper uniformly.
  • Evenly rotated branches around the tree.

Getting your tree home safely is very important.  Trees can go into transplant shock if not taken care of.  The best way to get your tree home is in the back of an enclosed truck or van to avoid any damages.  Nurseries may even be able to offer delivery services for an additional fee, which is worth it to protect your investment.

Many nurseries have helpful arborists and gardeners on staff who can answer any questions you may have and provide great advice on selecting and planting the perfect tree for your yard.

 

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California may be getting hit with wildfires, but are we ready in Houston?

With the news of wildfires popping up in California and Colorado, it can make you wonder how safe your home actually is.  The hot, dry months of June and July can make it perfect for lawns and landscaping to catch fire, but there are ways to protect your home and neighborhood from out of control fires.  

  1. Remove fuels and flammable liquids from around your home.  This may seem like a no brainer, but sometimes, especially after fueling up your boat for the summer, gas cans can be left outside of the garage.  Make sure to put them up somewhere safe in a garage or storage shed.

  2. Make sure your trees are pruned and dead branches are removed.  Lower branches should be at least 8 feet from the ground.

  3. Keep flammable trees and shrubs, such as coniferous plants, at least 30 feet from your home.

  4. Keep your yard clear of dead leaves and branches, and mow your yard frequently to prevent high grass.

  5. Store firewood at least 30 feet away from your home.

When planting trees and shrubs around your home, there are several fire-resistant plants that can help prevent your home catching fire.  Trees should be planted at least 10 feet apart from each other. It is important to remember that fire-resistant does not mean fire-proof.  It simply means that these plants have a high moisture content and will take longer to catch fire.

These plants are ideal for planting around your home:

  1. Violets
  2. Columbines
  3. Primrose
  4. Bluebonnets
  5. Aster
  6. Gay feather
  7. Lantana
  8. Butterfly bush

With any new landscaping endeavor, it’s best to contact an experienced arborist who can assist you with your landscaping goals, and to make your home a safe and beautiful one!