Using Trees to Beautify Your Landscaping

Using Trees to Beautify Your Landscaping

A home with a beautiful landscaping makes lasting impressions. If you are avid design fan, and you want to leave an artistic touch to your home, consider to invest in beautifying your yard landscapes.

If you want to make a signature plant, a tree is one of the best options to accentuate what you want to offer to your guests. First, you can place rectangular stones in front of it. Make sure it has enough room, and enough depth to grow by dumping mulch around the circle created to ensure a higher level of soil. The stones will secure the mulch in place.

A beautiful yard view pays off. Here are some options of trees which can be a good choice for your landscaping ideas:

1. Eastern Redbud

Want a spring look in your yard? Choose this short, multi-stemmed tree which reaches a height of 20 to 30ft. This flower buds from a purple color to a rosy pink when full bloom. The leaves are heart-shaped and appear after the flowers. Then, the yellow color is also good when fall comes. These redbud trees are easy to grow and perfect for a small yard; however, leave an ample amount of space because it grows up to 25ft wide for its crown so better dug a big enough hole for its seed to grow later on.  Here is a video on how to look after the Eastern Redbud.

2. Southern Magnolia

This is planted for its creamy look, large, and shiny leaves, and produces red fruits during fall. This tree can grow so large, and a height of 60-80ft tall and 30 to 50 ft wide. Smaller plants of this kind are also available. Better plant this somewhere unsightly or away from path walks and pools, or it looks good in a yard wherein it is highlighted when it is around full of pines.

3. Flowering Crabapple

This comes from Japanese origin which is small to mid-sized trees. During spring, they can be covered with various colors: white, pink, or red flowers. Also during fall, it has colors of yellow, orange, and red. Their attractive branching is also highlighted during winter. There are varieties now which can resist disease and can still hold fruit even during the extreme cold winter weather.

4. Gingko Biloba

Beautiful even both during summer and fall. Gingko Biloba has intricate leaves which turn green during summer and golden during fall.

5. Dwarf Alberta Spruce Trees

Otherwise known as the famous, ‘Evergreen Trees’ as another type of spruce. Often, Dwarf Alberta Spruce Trees are placed in pairs serving as an entry point of a house, and its size lasts relatively small through the years. Many people have use it as container plants.

Clear the Dead Trees and Prevent Accidents

Clear the Dead Trees and Prevent Accidents

According to OSHA, nearly 100 deaths occur every year from tree fall-related injuries. People such as arborists and manual labors who work near huge old trees have the highest risk of getting affected by these type of injuries.

After years of research, it was concluded that dead trees are one of the most common causes of these kinds of accidents.

Identifying the problem in trees

To our naked eyes, a tree may look fine but upon deep investigation, you may find there are some defects within the tree which may lead to major accidents

Here are some easy tips to identify the problem in the tree

  • You must watch out for any dead branches or limbs on the tree. Dead limbs are considered as warning signs for future accidents.
  • If you find any tree with cavities, disfiguration or fungus infection, then it might be an indication that the tree is decaying. The Forest Service Department is responsible for calculating the level of decay. If the decay is more than the specified level, then the tree is marked as a hazardous tree
  • Sometimes trees lean at one side, indicating a weakening of root structure. In such cases, you should immediately inform Forest service department regarding the impending danger.
  • Every tree has got a load bearing capacity. When the load exceeds the capacity, the tree develops in rolled cracks. You can inspect the crack by striking it with a mallet to listen to the shallowness in the sound. If the trunk sounds hollow, you should consult with forest service personnel.
  • Root problems are very hard to detect with naked eyes. If you find roots coming out of the soil, wrapping themselves around the base of the stem, then this might be an indication of problem. It is better to take the advice of a tree care personnel in such cases.

Five important tips to prevent tree hazards

  • If your house is located in a locality with big trees, then you should regularly inspect the trees and should annually hire an arborist to prepare a detailed risk assessment.
  • Pruning young trees is an excellent habit and should always be encouraged.
  • Always try to follow the correct procedure to plant any trees. Avoid planting any tree near power lines or your house.
  • Try to prevent any root damage to trees during construction work as these might lead to a tree hazard in future.
  • Avoid planting trees which shed branches every year near your house or community school.

Having said all these, the possibility of you being struck by a tree is very low. So, if you follow the above rules and remain a little more alert, you can potentially avoid any such problems in future.