Nothing brightens a yard and frames a home with natural beauty quite like the delicate blossoms of blooming tree. Imagine relaxing in the shade with petals floating swirling around you in a gentle breeze. Flowering trees add visual interest to the outside of the home year after year but, like any landscaping, require the proper care and attention to ensure longevity. Especially when it comes to trees which will hopefully last decades on your property, putting in consistent effort can safeguard your trees from needing intensive, professional attention later.
Start at the Very Beginning
Before purchasing and planting the first beautiful blossoms that catch your eye, take some time to educate yourself. Before even browsing, take a purposeful stroll around your yard! Homeowners often overlook factors that are, for the most part, unchangeable: the amount of sunlight, type of soil, and available locations for a new tree. Once you have a grasp of the conditions of your tree’s intended home, you finally get to see some blossoms! Using your newfound knowledge, research types of flowering trees that will thrive in the desired area and what maintenance your favorites require. A helpful and fun way to gain this information would be to visit your local nursery! The employees will be knowledgeable in the conditions of your particular region and have a functional knowledge of what might work best in your space. In a pinch, internet searches can be helpful; just remember to “think local” when scanning information and keep in mind that some sources are more reliable than others. However you come by it, you now have the know-how to pick your favorite blooming tree and get it to its new home!
After purchasing your new tree, allow it to acclimate to the new area for 7-10 days before planting by gradually moving the potted tree from a shaded area towards its intended location keeping it watered as directed. When it comes time to plant, make sure to wet the hole and root ball thoroughly before covering with soil and fertilizer (preferably specialized for flowering trees). In the first weeks, be vigilant for signs that something might be amiss with your new sapling, in which case call a local tree service to advise on your next steps. Typically though, you should be well on your way to a happy, healthy blooming tree!
As Time Goes By
Pruning young flowering trees will help shape them for the future—literally. So think carefully about the ideal direction of growth and size of your grown-up tree then diligently prune according to when they bloom: If they bloom early in the year, prune after the flowering, and if later, prune before (late-winter or early-spring). Research your tree’s particular needs and follow the recommended pruning regimen for best long-lasting results! A concern with all trees is bugs and disease, but thankfully, keeping up with necessary maintenance will address most bug and disease issues. So, water, fertilize, prune, and never forget fall clean-up!
Remember to use your resources and consult with experts along the way, and you will be on your way to many years for blooming beauty!