Choosing a Place to Grow Your Ornamental Trees
No doubt, your garden needs to have at least one tree. This is because they offer welcome shade in the warmer months, add structure and height, provide food and place to live for wildlife, screen neighbouring buildings, and add natural beauty.
The ornamental trees that you can grow in your garden can be smaller than woodland trees. Many people choose these trees for their attractive features, such as beautiful autumn foliage, pretty spring blossom, attractive berries or bark, and many more. Remember that ornamental trees can change with the season, and this can bring you even closer to nature.
This post explains how you can choose a place to grow your ornamental trees. Check out these ornamental trees from gardeners dream for inspiration!
Although an ornamental tree is a low-maintenance plant that needs little watering and pruning after it has initially established; you need to water it well when you plant it.
You can grow an ornamental tree as a standalone tree in your garden, grouped together to create a little grove, in the flower border, in the middle of mixed shrubs, or even in front of your garden for your neighbors to enjoy, too. Most of these trees look very attractive when underplanted with spring shrubs.
It’s worth mentioning that most people grow ornamental trees for their aesthetic appeal and just for the enjoyment of having them in their gardens. They can have excellent fragrance and flowers, colourful or unusual bark, an interesting shape, a great autumn color, and many more.
Most gardens can have enough space for one or more small ornamental trees, while others can accommodate at least two or more. These trees provide a little shade and add structure to the garden. They can also provide good background plants for flower borders and shrubs.
Planting an ornamental tree
You can plant container grown trees throughout the year. On the other hand, autumn and spring are the best times to plant ornamental trees. This is because the soil is moist and warm during this time. You can also dig bare-root trees from a field and supply them without roots.
You should encourage the roots of an ornamental to grow out by preparing the soil well over a larger area. You can also break the compaction at the planting hole’s base to allow its roots to spread.
It’s a good idea to dig a square hole, but make sure that it is wider than the pot you planted the tree in. You can lightly fork the sides and base of the hole to make sure that the soil is not compacted. It is also best to plant your tree by ensuring that the root ball’s top is level with the soil.
Lastly, use the excavated soil to backfill around the root ball by shaking the tree to assist the soil settle on the roots. Then you can use your heel to gently firm around the root ball and make sure that there is good contact between the soil and the roots.