Tree care, made simple
July 9, 2020
While the best time to plant a tree is in the spring, you might find yourself updating your landscaping
this summer. Updating landscaping throughout the summer might include the planting of some additional trees - a landscaping staple. Trees create beautiful curb appeal, and ample shade for your yard.
Similar to flowers, different trees thrive in different climates. Always check your hardiness zone - but as a rule of thumb typically plants available at your local landscaping vendor or nursery would have only plants that thrive in your region. Denver’s hardiness zone is 5b - 5a depending on where you exactly live in the area. The good news is that plants that fall in both zones will survive! Here are some of our favorite trees:
- Newport plum (Prunus cerasifera) - Flowering. 15-20 feet.
- Pink Snow Showers cherry (Prunus ‘Pisnshzam’) - Flowering. 20-25 feet.
- Snow Fountain cherry (Prunus ‘Snofozam’) - Flowering. 15 feet.
- Eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis) – Ornamental. 30 feet.
- Forest Pansy redbud (Cercis Canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’) - Ornamental. 25-foot spread
When it comes to caring for your trees, there are a few steps you must take and keep in mind to encourage healthy, strong growth.
- Mulching: Mulch not only adds beautiful curb appeal to your lawn, it can help your trees grow strong and tall. The addition of two-inches deep of mulch will help to give the roots of your tree protection, and it’ll help retain moisture. Have you seen water running off the tree and away from the roots? Mulch will help to retain the water around the base of the tree, and ensure your tree gets the moisture it needs to continue growth year-round.
- Watering: Trees need water year-round, and it’s important to keep watering throughout the fall, and even winter. Watering trees approximately 2-3 times per month would be ideal, as long as it’s a deep water. Deep-watering is just as it sounds, water the tree to ensure it receives 2-3 inches of moisture in the roots - which will require some of your time. If it has rained quite a bit during a particular month this fall, skip the watering. If the tree is brand new (less than two years), skip the previous recommendations and keep the mulch moist!
If you are wanting to do some serious landscaping this year, talk to a specialist early. Talking with a specialist early will help you to plan financially, but they’ll also recommend some things you can start doing now to get the rest of your lawn and landscaping ready to go.
At Growing Green, we are here to help you with any of your needs. From advising you on proper landscaping techniques, to helping you build and maintain a beautiful lawn/landscaping we are here to help. We also offer a number of services for the winter months - particularly when it comes to snow! This includes snow removal/plowing, and helping you plan for the spring months. Contact us as soon as you can to make an appointment or to get a free quote!