In this article with the Greenwich Post, Jeremiah Green, district manager of The Care of Trees Stamford, tells homeowners how they can create an everlasting backyard park.
Posted: July 15, 2016
To celebrate the centennial birthday of the National Parks, The Care of Trees wants to help Greenwich residents create their own “backyard parks” that will rival our National Parks and last 100 years or more.
It’s easy to create lush, backyards that conserve natural resources and support local wildlife. And, you don’t have to travel far to experience the beauty of a National Park. With a little planning and regular maintenance, homeowners can create a healthy backyard landscape that will last for 100 years.
The first step in creating a healthy everlasting landscape is to create a plan. Spring and fall are the best times to plant in Greenwich.
Large-canopied trees like sugar maple, European beech and red oak grow best in the northeast’s climate.
Copper beech grows incredibly large and is well suited for properties that span more than five acres. When its sturdy branches are filled with leaves, it provides shade all season long.
When determining the best species for a home, homeowners should consider energy saving benefits of trees as well.
Deciduous trees, those that drop their leaves in fall, planted at the west and east lower summer air-conditioning costs as they help block the sun. Evergreen trees can block prevailing winter winds and help save on heating costs when planted on the north and northwest sides of the property.
Choose diverse species of trees that will provide seasonal interest for your yard. Layered landscapes are proven to stand the test of time and help trees withstand diseases.
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