Evergreen trees are a great addition to any garden. They provide shade, color and beauty to your home or office landscape. However, they do require some care if you want them to thrive.
One of the most common questions asked by homeowners is “How much maintenance does it take?”
Well, that’s a very good question! There are many factors involved in caring for these beautiful plants and there isn’t one right answer because each situation is different.
So how do you decide what kind of care to give your evergreens?
Here are some things to consider when deciding which type of care is best for your evergreens.
1) Shade: Evergreen trees need light to survive.
If they get too much sun, their leaves will turn yellow and fall off. Too little sunlight and they won’t produce enough new growth so they’ll die back down again.
A well-placed tree in a sunny window will keep the rest of your house from getting too hot during the summer months.
2) Watering: Evergreen trees need water to live.
If they’re not watered regularly, they’ll wither up and die. You may have noticed that some evergreens like the smell of rainwater better than regular tap water.
That’s why you should always make sure to give your evergreens plenty of fresh water whenever possible. You can even mist them with water for faster results.
3) Fertilizer: We all need food to live and evergreen trees are no exception.
They need a steady supply of nutrients to keep them healthy and happy. You can buy special evergreen tree fertilizer at your local garden center and apply it to the soil around your tree at the beginning of spring, summer and fall.
Always read the directions on the package before using any fertilizer and apply it at half strength to start.
If you can, give your evergreen trees some of the things they need. They’ll reward you with years of beauty and enjoyment!
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Normally people will associate the desert with the sun and heat but there are a few exceptions to this rule. In the southern part of the Sonoran Desert you will find the “sky islands” a string of mountain ranges that run from Apache County to the Mexican Border.
The sky island’s are mountainous areas in a sea of desert. These high peaks experience a much different climate than the surrounding lowlands and include some vegetation and animal life that is more at home in New England than the Southwest.
The most striking feature of the sky islands are their trees. In the middle of this desert you will find stands of large evergreens, many having needles instead of leaves, while others look more like firs.
These trees are most commonly known as Pines for their resemblance to the evergreen conifer whose seed it inadvertently seeds during storms. The most common types of pines in the sky islands are the Apache and the Mugo, both native to these mountains and neither found anywhere else.
The apache pine can be identified by it’s thick reddish-brown bark with deep channels running lengthwise and it’s stiff leaves that are about 1 to 2 inches long and sharp pointed. It is a very hardy tree, resistant to drought, cold, and even some types of wildlife.
It can grow at extremely high altitudes and subsist on a poor quality of soil. It can grow to be 80 feet tall and have a trunk diameter of 3-4 feet. The Mugo pine is very similar to the Apache but smaller in size, Mugos only grow to be about 40 feet and have a diameter of about 2 feet. Mugos also differ in that their leaves aren’t as sharp and spiky.
Both of these pines share the common trait of having a sweet sap that Native Americans and Pioneers have used for hundreds of years. The most common way of collecting the sap is to cut a notch in the tree and place a container under the flow.
It takes nearly an entire summer before you can gather even one bucket of sap, but this sap can then be used as you would our normal maple syrup. It can be eaten plain, used in cooking, or even made into alcohol.
Another type of pine that can be found in the sky islands is the Single-leaf Pinon Pine. This pine has the distinction of being the emblem of Arizona, it’s needles are short and usually a dark green except in the winter when they turn gold.
The Single-leaf grows in tighter clusters than the other two pines and its seeds are a favorite among small rodents and birds.
The pinyon pine is a very important tree to the people of the sky islands. It has long thin needles that grow in clusters of three.
These clusters make a delightful sound if blown by the wind. While pinyon nuts aren’t as large or sweet as those of true firs, these pinecones are full of nutritious seeds that were an important part of the diets of Native Americans and early settlers. Today pinyon nuts are still a common snack eaten either raw or roasted.
In addition to these pines, there are also stands of hardwoods in the sky islands. The most common of these are Quaking Aspen or Poplar trees that grow in large thickets.
These trees have soft white bark that seems to undulate if you stand close to them. They turn a beautiful golden color in the autumn that lights up the fall sky. These trees don’t grow too tall, most are no higher than 30 feet, but they have a very strong root system that allows them to grow in almost vertical cliffs.
The aspen’s wood is soft and not very strong, but it is extremely resistant to outside influences such as weather and insects. This makes it a favorite of hobbyists and is used in the construction of birdhouses.
Ash trees are another common hardwood in the sky islands. There are two types of these trees, the Arizona Ash and the Soaptree Yurt.
Both of them have tall straight trunks that provide habitats for many creatures and birds. The bark of both trees is unique in that it provides a colourful display in the autumn. Young trees have green bark that becomes pink and then red as they mature.