First things first
trees should be the first thing planted in the home landscape. They don't
have to be big trees, but careful attention should be paid to the varieties chosen, as
well as their planting locations.
mistakes to avoid
growing trees such as Silver Maples and Poplars since they provide rapid growth
early, but create numerous problems later on. Silver Maples grow way too
large for most lots under an acre, clog older style terra cotta drain
pipes with their roots, and form bumpy surface roots and weak branches.
Bradford Pear is another tree that seems desirable early on, but begins
breaking up in ice storms and high winds after 15 to 20 years.
Most nurseries carry improved varieties of an older species you may be
very fond of. For an example, even though a couple of the older
crabapple varieties like Snowdrift have proven worthwhile, other crab
varieties are prone to leaf scab and other diseases. Therefore, always
try to plant varieties that are resistant to disease and you'll save
yourself time, aggravation and money down the road.
Flowering crabapple tree
Just like t-shirts, trees come in small, medium and large. Always guide
your selection of tree by the place it will grow. Don't plant a large
variety under utility lines. Plant trees far enough from immovable
objects (like houses) so that you won't have to trim them every year to
correct your mistake. Keep plantings out of right-of-ways so you don't
eventually lose them to development.
Maintain trees early
Paying attention to proper pruning in a tree's juvenile years will help
it develop properly, saving more drastic (and costly) pruning later in
life. Watering a young tree once a week during droughts will not only
help it survive, but create better growth and blossoms the following
year. Annual fertilization in the spring of the year will help a young
tree's growth immensely.
Most tree problems develop gradually and can be addressed best when they
are caught early. Learn to be a good observer and watch for symptoms of
developing problems like poor leaf color, distorted leaves and leaf
damage. By learning to be a good observer you can stay ahead of the
curve on many tree problems.
by Joyce Kilmer
For Mrs. Henry Mills Alden
that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;
A tree that
looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that
may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
Massive branches of a White Oak
Did you know?
Alfred Joyce Kilmer, who is best known for this
poem "TREES" was killed by a sniper in
during World War I at the age of 31. It's been reported that a white oak
(like the one above)
on the Rutgers University campus was the inspiration for his poem.