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Green Giant Arborvita

Green Giant Arborvita

Arborvitaes are a slow growing plant variety (generally less than 12 inches per year of new growth) .The Arborvitaes are hybrids so they are propagated by cuttings as they will not come back true from seed. One of the Arborvitae, the Green Giant, the Western Redcedar Tree, or botanically, the Thuja Plicata, is the favorite. Here is why:

The hardiness zone the Green Giant Arborvita tolerates is from zone 5 to zone 8. That’s where extreme cold temperatures get down to a temperate level of about 15 or 20 degrees in the winter (Zone 8), but also as low as a frigid level of 15 or 20 degrees below zero (zone 5).

Trees And Lawn Live In Harmony

Trees And Lawn Live In Harmony

Trees And Lawn Live In Harmony – The environment in which we live and work is greatly enhanced by the use of trees, shrubs, ground covers and turf. Plants combined with architectural elements such as buildings and walkways provide a functional and aesthetically pleasing atmosphere for our day to day activities. In a properly designed landscape, all components work together to help reduce noise, control pedestrian traffic, improve energy efficiency, and provide privacy.

The enhanced environment, while less stressful to its human inhabitants, poses special challenges to its plant benefactors. Trees and turf compete for sunlight, water, nutrients, and sometimes even attention! The following are some common challenges faced by trees and lawns:

Benefits Of Trees In Urban Areas

Benefits Of Trees In Urban Areas

Benefits Of Trees In Urban Areas – The multiple benefits of trees in urban areas may have been forgotten, but they are essential in ensuring a high quality of life. Benefits of trees in urban areas can be classified in four main categories: ecological, aesthetic, social and economic.

Ecological benefits

A healthy tree in any backyard will improve overall air quality as pollutants and dust are captured by the leaves, thus limiting their movement within the environment. Also, a well-maintained tree is a great way to fight against soil erosion which is very common in urban areas. Trees help to stabilize and regulate soil hydrology and groundwater levels. Urban trees also contribute to the overall temperature regulation of cities.

Planting Trees Guide

Planting Trees Guide

Before planting new trees, determine both your needs and the existing conditions of your site. Like all plants, trees have specific light, soil and space requirements. Remember that many trees grow quickly and continue to grow for many years. Once a trees are established, they’re not easy to move so its important to plan your garden in advance. Research the different type of trees you’re considering planting before making a final decision.

Choose a tree that will compliment your garden. Large shade trees are usually not suitable for smaller gardens. Tulip trees, for instance, can grow to 90 feet and, over time, will tower over a small garden or courtyard creating a fully shaded environment. Planted in a vast lawn, however, the tulip tree may be the perfect choice. If you have limited outdoor space, a smaller tree such as the cherry, dogwood or magnolia is more appropriate.