Trees in gardens and allotments are a very good thing as I’m sure you’ll agree, apart from their leafy, green-ness that helps us feel good, they have lots of other benefits too:
- Trees with fruit and berries are good for birds, and us.
- Insects and bees love the nectar-rich flowers,
- and they provide a home for all the above.
- many trees have splendid autumn colour
They’re also good for the environment:
- they help to prevent flooding by slowing down rain-water
- trees absorb carbon dioxide [CO2] from the atmosphere, which is a good thing because CO2 is one of those greenhouse gases that we have too much of.
Weeping willows are a wonderful sight in spring as their fresh, green leaves emerge, and they’re very good at absorbing water
and the winter silhouette of trees is hard to beat.
Although they’re relatively big and look quite tough, they do need looking after in their infant years
- apply a mulch 3-4in 7-10cm deep around the base [though not touching the bark] in autumn and spring-time, to help stop the soil drying out, use something like composted wood chipping that’s at least a year old or well rotted manure,
- water young trees well in early spring and dry summers,
- a tree-stake gives support to new trees until the root system has developed, just check them a couple of times a year to make sure they’re no too tight, but if it’s too loose it may rub and wound it, leaving the tree susceptible to disease.
Happy gardening, Jill
all photos: Jill Anderson.