How To Planting Trees On Wet Land

If your land is often wet and cannot easily be drained there are still plenty of options for planting trees. Firstly, there are species adapted to wet ground. Willows, Alders and Poplars are amongst the commonest but a good book (such as Hillier’s Manual of Trees and Shrubs – ISBN 0-7153-9942-X) will give you lists to choose from. It will also give you an idea of how high your trees may grow or other conditions, such as strong winds, which they may tolerate. Red Alder, River Birch, Liquidamber, Black Gum, Caucasian Wingnut, Scarlet Willow, Corkscrew Willow, Chinese Swamp Cypress, Dawn Redwood, Pond Cypress and Swamp Cypress will tolerate or even enjoy permanent dampness.

Many other trees may survive occasional flooding but their survival chances will be improved by planting them with their rootballs above ground level. They can be planted with more than half of their rootball above the surrounding ground level and soil can then be drawn up to cover the exposed roots. Better still they can be planted into a raised mound. As the roots grow into the mound they give long term stability to the tree. In addition fewer roots will be killed by the lack of air which flooding creates and the tree is more likely to thrive. This technique allows a greater range of trees to be tried – for instance the Common Silver Birch, Hawthorn, Pin Oak, Rowan and Sitka Spruce. Native Oak (Quercus robur) and Ash will also tolerate some periods of dampness.

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Guide To Planting Trees in Your Yard

Planting trees and shrubs to your lawn dramatically increases the overall appearance of your property. Furthermore, trees are great ways to decorate your landscape and greatly help in preserving nature. Taking time to plant trees in your yard properly ensures that they will grow healthy and strong.

Keep in mind that when you plant a wrong tree in the wrong place guarantees a future tree removal and could be dangerous if you do it yourself. Therefore, a lot of anxiety and trouble can be avoided by planting the right tree in your yard to begin with. Do not forget that trees both have good and bad characteristics. Understanding this is the key to plant a tree properly. The following are tips to consider when planting trees in your yard.

1. Consider planting trees in your yard during moderate weather. They need more sunshine and rain, thus plan to plant during the best time in your location. Usually, spring and fall is the best time to consider.

2. When digging the hole, keep in mind that the roots need access to water and oxygen so refrain from digging too deep. Consider a hole that is three-quarters as deep as the tree’s root ball and dig wider than the root ball by a few inches on all sides. This allows roots to spread out into the soil with access to water and air.

3. Prepare the roots of the tree properly. Regardless if the tree is wrapped in burlap at its roots or is being transplanted from a container; make sure to loosen the soil packed around the roots before you proceed. Let the roots breathe and separate from its compact wrapping.

4. The next step you have to do is to place the tree in the hole and set it loosely. Refrain from compacting the roots or causing damage to them.

5. After setting the tree in the hole, cover the roots by placing the soil loosely. Avoid pressing down or compacting on the soil since this could suffocate the roots and limit the access to nutrients and water. Some roots, such as the top quarter should be above the hole surface. Build up a mound above the roots to the tree base and make certain that the soil is loose.

6. Make sure to fertilize the surrounding soil, not just the root ball. Keep in mind that tree roots spread out and make a home in the surrounding soil, thus you should fertilize the ground a few feet from the tree to ascertain that the whole root system has access to nutrients from fertilizers.

As soon as your tree is planted, continue monitoring the weather, including rainfall in your area to make sure that your tree will get enough water to the roots. Consider watering the tree more during winter or summer. When you take care when you plant trees, you will be able to enjoy the majesty of your trees for years and years. Plant a tree now, add value, and enhance your yard.

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How To Plant Beautiful Carnivorous

SECRET #1: Know thy plant.

This may seem like a no-brainer, but one that first-time growers overlook. There
are many types of carnivorous plants occurring on every continent in the world,
except Antarctica.

If you were to go on a world-wide expedition looking for as many types of
carnivorous plants you can possibly find, you will discover carnivorous plants
growing in Japan, China, Australia, India, South Africa, Spain, France, Ireland, Brazil,
Mexico, Canada and the United States.

If you were to explore the United States alone, you will find carnivorous plants in
nearly all of the 50 states, including Hawaii and Alaska.

So, the first secret in keeping your carnivorous plants alive, healthy and beautiful is
to know what type of carnivorous plant you have. With thousands of species of
carnivorous plants in the world, each type requires their own care.

Hopefully, your plant came with a tag that identifies its species. If not, visit a
reputable website to find photographs to help you identify the plant you have.

SECRET #2: Brighten their days with full sun.

Once you know what type of carnivorous plants you have, just duplicate their
natural surroundings. This means giving your plants the type of sun exposure and
water they might experience in the wild.

Lets start with sun. It often surprises many people to find out that the vast majority
of carnivorous plants enjoy full sun. You see, carnivorous plants grow in bogs,
which are open fields of wetlands.

Most people confuse bogs with marshes. Marshes typically are closer to the ocean
and contain slightly salted water. Marshes are also overgrown with trees, making
them shady.

Bogs, on the other hand, contain fresh water, usually bubbling up from an
underground spring, and can be found on mountaintops and other places far away
from the ocean. If you see a bog in nature, you will notice that there are no trees in
it. So, all plants growing in a bog are exposed to full sun.

This is true for Venus Flytraps, North American Pitcher Plants and nearly all
Sundews. As a result, these plants do best growing in 6-8 hours of direct sunlight
during their growing season. Four hours of direct sunlight are definitely the
absolute minimum. Anything less than that will cause your plants to struggle for
survival.

The only types of carnivorous plants that are not exposed to full sun in the wild are
Asian Pitcher Plants, Butterworts and some species of Sundews. These plants prefer
bright indirect light.

Now you know what types of carnivorous plants you have, give it the proper
sunlight. With US native plants, grow them outside during the growing season
(spring through fall). With Asian Pitcher Plants and Butterworts, grow them in a
window that receives bright indirect light.

If you do not have enough natural light, use 20 to 40-watt fluorescent light tubes or
fluorescent compact bulbs that are equivalent to 100 watts. Keep the light source
about 6 to 8 inches above the plant, and keep it on for 12-14 hours per day.

Avoid using incandescent bulbs because it produces too much heat and the wrong
type of light.

Secret #3: Soak their feet.

After giving your carnivorous plants the right amount of light (full sun, partial sun
or indirect light), now you need to make sure it gets the right amount of water.

Nearly all carnivorous plants grow in bogs, which are constantly wet. So, if you want
to duplicate what they experience out in nature, you need to provide constantly wet
soil.

Some people prefer to simply water their plants every day. Personally, I find this to
be a real drag, especially when I have so many other things to do, like watch a good
DVD or scratch my dog’s belly.

The easiest way to make sure the soil is constantly wet is to keep your plant in a bit
of standing water. Use a tray, bowl, saucer or any container that holds water. Fill the
container with water and place your plant right in. Allow the water to go half way up
the pot. Just make sure you do not drown the crown or base of the plant.
Remember, they are bog plants, not water plants (big difference!).

But, before your plants start soaking their little feet, make the water is relatively
pure. It does not need to be blessed by a Tibetan monk, but it should at least have
low levels of minerals (less than 100 parts per million). Check with your local
aquarium supply store for water hardness kits.

You can use distilled water or rainwater, but this is feasible only if you have only a
few carnivorous plants. If you are like me, you might have several thousand.

In that case, local tap water will do just fine. If the water has a lot of naturally
occurring minerals or additives to make the water soft, consider hooking your hose
up to a reverse-osmosis unit. Check your local hardware store for this type of filter.

Avoid using simple charcoal-filtration units. Although they are great in removing
chlorine and other not-so-tasty chemicals, they are inadequate in removing
minerals.

One more thing: some carnivorous plants prefer not to have their feet dunked in
water. This is true with Asian Pitcher Plants. They prefer to have moist soil rather
than wet soil. With these plants, water them once or twice weekly.

Secret #4: Season your plants.

One day while I was at the Farmers’ Market selling my carnivorous plants, a
customer stopped by and said that she had the good fortune to see a type of
carnivorous plant growing in the wild while visiting friends in Canada.

I immediately knew which plant she had seen, so I held up a Purple Pitcher Plant and
she exclaimed, “Yes, that is the plant I saw!”

I then told her how easy it was to grow that plant outdoors all year round, to which
she replied, “But during the winter, you have to bring them indoors, right?”

“Why would you need to do that?”

“Because it will get too cold for them,” she stated with authority.

At that point, I was very puzzled. So, I said to her, “If you saw them growing in the
wild in Canada, surely they can live outdoors in Oregon. It gets much colder in
Canada than it does in Oregon.”

It amazes me how often some people assume that just because a plant is
carnivorous it is: 1) tropical, 2) delicate, and 3) difficult to grow. This is precisely
why people kill their carnivorous plants. They treat them as a tropical, delicate
carnivorous plant that is difficult to grow without knowing if they actually have a
tropical, delicate carnivorous plant that is difficult to grow. This is definitely a recipe
for disaster.

All carnivorous plants native to the United States and Canada are considered
temperate plants, meaning they go dormant during the winter months, and come
right back to life in spring and summer. Other non-carnivorous plants that do this
are roses, daisies, daffodils and thousands upon thousands of other types of plants
grown all around the world.

This is why Secret #1 is a very important secret. You need to know what type of
plant you have to determine whether it requires winter dormancy or if it needs to be
indoors during those cold winter months.

Temperate plants need to rest up for spring. Without their winter rest, they get very
cranky and may fail to grow in spring. Think of how you feel when you do not get
enough sleep. So, if you want healthy vibrant plants in spring, give them a winter
rest. They might even reward you with flowers!

Secret #5: Hold the fertilizer, please.

If you want gorgeous looking carnivorous plants during the growing season, repot
your plants right before they come out of dormancy. In most cases, this would be in
March. Repotting your plants serves two purposes.

Firstly, carnivorous plants need room to grow. Depending on the species, some
rhizomes can get quite large. Other species have long deep taproots. So, it is
important that you give these guys enough root space.

Secondly, changing the soil yearly aerates the roots. With fresh oxygen, roots will
grow more robustly, producing healthier plants.

Springtime is also a time when you should cut off dead leaves or any leaves that
have turned brown. This will prevent fungal infections and increase sunlight to the
base of the plant.

When repotting your plants, a standard soil mix to use is 1 part peat moss and 1
part perlite. Peat moss adds acidity and retains moisture, while perlite provides
drainage.

This soil recipe is sufficient for 80% of all carnivorous plants. You can adjust the
recipe by adding more perlite or other inert matter to increase the drainage. Just
make sure the soil is void of nutrients and fertilizer.

Fertilizer is toxic to carnivorous plants and will burn their roots. (Very painful.)
Carnivorous plants will get all of their nutrients from insects caught in their leaves.

There you have it! You have just read the Top 5 Secrets to Growing Beautiful
Carnivorous Plants
.

You learned:

Secret #1: Correctly identify the type of carnivorous plant you have.
Remember, not all carnivorous plants are created equal. Some grow in temperate
bogs, while others grow in hot humid jungles.

Secret #2: Brighten their days with full sun.

Secret #3: Soak their feet.

Secret #4: Season your plants.

Secret #5: Repot yearly and hold the fertilizer.

Each secret is an important part of the foundation on which you can grow beautiful
carnivorous plants all year round. When you follow these simple steps, your
carnivorous plants will have no choice but grow into healthy and beautiful plants
that you can be proud of!

 

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Things To Consider When Planting Trees In Your Yard

Trees can increase your property’s value. In fact, properties surrounded by trees sell for 18-25% higher than those without trees. But aside from that, trees planted around buildings can actually cut air-conditioning costs by up to 50%. They can also generate jobs as well as contribute raw materials for buildings, books, newspapers and more than 15,000 other forest products.

Trees likewise provide shelter and food for wildlife like squirrel, bugs and birds while groves of trees will provide cover and food for larger mammals like deer and raccoons. Aside from that, hospital patients who have a view of trees often heal faster, leave the hospital sooner and use fewer pain medications as compared to those with a view of brick walls. Workers also become more productive when they see trees along their routes and from their office windows.

Indeed, planting trees can enhance your home landscape. Be reminded though that choosing the wrong tree can cause major headaches. Experts shared of the species to avoid.

Species To Avoid When Planting A Tree In Your Yard

Black Walnut – This is often grown for its edible nuts and shade; however its roots, buds and nut hull release a significant level of juglone, which is a chemical that will rob sensitive plants of require energy. If you plant garden vegetables like asparagus, eggplant, potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, and rhubarb near this tree, they will be prone to wilting and death. It can also affect other plants like pine, apple and pear trees, blackberry and raspberry bushes, and petunias and lilies.

Bradford Pear – This is very sensitive to leaf scorch and fire blight. The biggest problem with this is branch splitting because they have a v-shaped crotch. It splits in half, most especially during severe weather conditions.

Ash – This is the target of a beetle known as the emerald ash borer or EAB. Though nibbling by mature EAB will hurt foliage, the worst damage often comes from its larvae that feed on inner bark. Hence, water and nutrient transport is disrupted. Leaf loss, heavy woodpecker activity, split bark and water sprouts are the signs of EAB infestation.

Ginkgo – This is also known as biloba, a tree that can reach 115 feet tall and are among the famous residential trees because they are very durable. Problem might arise in late fall if female trees will produce a putrid-smelling fruit that will stick to shoes and can be tracked indoors.

Sweetgum – Though this is beautiful during fall, its spiny brown balls is its major drawback. These gumballs can cause injuries.

Planting the right trees can be very helpful in making your property more valuable. Consider investing in reliable tree care services to make it healthier and more beautiful.

Trees will play a huge role in making your property valuable and healthier. But not all trees can be safely planted in residential and commercial buildings. Ask tree care experts about the best type of tree you can plant in your property today.

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