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Loving Your Little Landscape

I have never been a natural gardener. For years, I struggled to keep basic houseplants alive, only to kill them at the first opportunity. It was difficult and stressful to buy a home with a yard, but I knew that I might be able to learn what I was doing wrong and correct the problem. To start off, I focused heavily on the lawn, and tried hard to keep it trimmed and well-maintained. Next, I cleaned up the flowerbeds. It was a lot of work, but I knew that it would pay off in the end. When I was done, my front yard was gorgeous, and guess what--it even stayed alive. This blog is all about loving your little landscape.



Loving Your Little Landscape

Three Places To Plant A Columnar Tree

by Charlotte White

Hiring a landscaper to plant some trees in your yard can dramatically improve the look of this space. While you might have your heart set on a certain type of tree, your landscaper may warn that it's a poor choice. One reason that certain trees might not work well is that they simply grow too large. For example, one tree may eventually become so tall and thick that it shades your entire yard. This may not be something that you want. Instead, your landscaper may recommend using one or more columnar trees. As the name suggests, this is a tree that has a column-like shape — in other words, it grows up more than out. Here are three ideal places for a columnar tree.

In A Garden

People often think of gardens as being solely for flowers, vegetables, and herbs, but the addition of a tree can work well. Of course, you need to be selective about the tree that you plant in this area because you don't want it fully shading the garden. A columnar tree can add plenty of beauty to the garden as well as a visually appealing change in height. Whereas most of the plants might be just a foot or two in height, the taller look of a columnar tree can augment the overall look of the garden.

Along A Walkway

Columnar trees also work well along walkways, whether you want some trees on each side of the walkway that stretches from your driveway to your front porch or you need something for a walkway up the side yard. Conventional trees don't work well in this location because their branches can extend over the walkway and either require constant trimming or make navigating the route a challenge. The columnar design will provide a natural look along the walkway without obstructing it.

Next To Your Home

Your landscaper may also suggest a columnar tree next to your home — something that is seldom possible with a conventional tree, given the degree to which it spreads horizontally. A columnar tree can provide privacy in front of a ground-floor window as well as prevent some sunlight from entering and heating up your home. Because it grows up instead of out, its branches won't push against the siding or windows of your home and potentially cause damage. There are many different varieties of columnar trees available, so ask your landscaper to make some suggestions for your yard.

Reach out to a landscaping service for more information.