Planting Trees and Shrubs
Flowers and small plants are nice, but they do not have the beauty or the longevity of trees and shrubs. If you want some privacy on your property, and if you want to invest some money in making your home look better, planting some shrubs and trees is definitely the way to go.
Though you may spend more on these items than you would on plants and flowers, they are going to last so much longer. Trees can grow forever, or at least until you have to cut them down, but in many cases, they are going to outlive you.
Your shrubs are going to last a long time too.You don’t want to plant trees and shrubs if you do not own the property, unless you ask the owner for permission.
There are special rules about trees when you live in town, and your landlord may not want the long term responsibility of taking care of trees.
An unhealthy tree can come down in heavy snow, ice, or during a heavy wind storm. If that happens, the tree can cause damage to property, which is a very costly experience.
If you do own your own home, think about those things when you want to plant trees. While trees and shrubs can add privacy and beauty when you live in the middle of town, trees can become liabilities.
The most beautiful trees have had to be cut down in many areas because they were simply too close to homes or they were too close to the power lines to be trimmed safely.
You can have trees; just put some thought into where you are going to plant trees and shrubs so that they are not more of a problem in years to come.
Shrubs are a great way to get some privacy and they will have a long lifespan as well. Just make sure you understand the nature of the shrubs you want to buy.
Some grow upwards, but others grow upwards and outwards, meaning they may end up taking up more space than you had originally allowed for them.
Trees and shrubs both require room to grow. You have to plant your shrubs away from each other at first, but rest assure that they will fill in the spaces within a few years and you will have your natural privacy barrier.
Trees and shrubs do require upkeep. This includes pruning, which must be done once a year for trees. For shrubs you may be pruning them a few times a growing season.
They grow better and fill in better when pruned and may grow in random directions if not trimmed back properly.
If you do not know how to prune, or find it too hard to do, you can ask someone who knows how to prune them for you.
Otherwise, there could only be some other small expenses involved and should not stop you from planting trees or shrubs – they are hearty and beautiful.
The real appreciation comes when you can sit underneath a grown tree in the heat of summer and enjoy the cool breeze.