Two years ago, on a whim, I joined the Arbor Day Foundation (www.arborday.org). With a ten-dollar membership fee I joined the Foundation and they sent me 10 native trees for the area. The trees all came in a nice package but were no more than a foot tall and bare-rooted. I thought, oh well, it was only 10 bucks.
Our daughters’ house (near the college they were attending) had no trees on the lot so I decided to split them up. I kept 4 of the trees for my yard and planted the other 6 in the girls’ yard. Three of the four in my yard have grown to a height of 4-5 feet and are doing great. I did lose one which has since been replaced by a beautiful Magnolia tree. The girls, however, promptly mowed down all six trees within a matter of months after planting. Something tells me they were in the Saturday morning I-don’t-want-to-do-yard-work mode. They, too, shall learn one day.
The point of the story is this: If a person takes a little time to search and research, there is plenty of help available to create your outside oasis. My advice is to take some time, ask questions, and learn from others. Learn how to plant a tree, build a retaining wall, or just learn the difference between annuals and perennials. It’s worth the time and effort.
Arbor Day Foundation [Website]