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4 Steps to Refresh Your Property and Create Native Habitat

Get more enjoyment out of your property and help the environment by clearing out hazardous and invasive plants on your property. Then, plant native trees and vegetation to create a hardy landscape that's ecofriendly and attractive.
Your tree service is a valuable ally in your goal of developing a healthy, lush oasis you can call your own. Here are four steps to transform your property.
1. Remove Dangerous Trees and Limbs
Clear away unwanted trees, shrubs, and undergrowth with the help of your tree service. Their experts know how to spot trees that pose a hazard to people and property. Your trees may only need trimming of the weak limbs, or you may need to remove them altogether.
When you have hazardous trees pruned and removed, you minimize future risks to your home and the people who use your property. These trees and limbs are no longer in danger of slamming into the roof or dropping on power lines during ice storms and high winds.
2. Clear Out Invasive Plants
Invasive plants must also be removed to refresh your landscape. Invasive plants aren't necessarily weeds that creep into flowerbeds or plants started from seeds dropped by passing birds. Several of the top invasive plants in North Carolina are plants people bought at garden centers and willingly transplanted in their yards.
Examples include:‚Äč
  • Autumn olive (Elaeagnus umbellata)
  • Chinese privet (Ligustrum sinense)
  • English ivy (Hedera helix)
These plants have positive qualities like pretty foliage or fragrant flowers that make them attractive to people. The downside is that these plants overwhelm native plants.
Autumn olive, also called silverberry, fixes nitrogen in the soil, which is good for surrounding plants that need nitrogen, too. However, the abundant seeds produced by this plant soon sprout, use up all the nitrogen, and smother all adjacent native vegetation.
One controversial ornamental tree is the Bradford pear (Pyrus calleryana) that grows throughout the Southeast. This Asian native has a lovely growth habit, pretty flowers in spring, and bright crimson foliage in autumn.
The Bradford pear poses a huge hazard to homeowners. The trunks can't support the trees when they reach advanced ages. The trees fail in storms and land on cars, roadways, and homes. Pollen from Bradford pears mixes with that of true fruit trees and affects pear production and plant-grafting programs.
3. Plant Native Trees and Herbaceous Plants
Ask your tree service for recommendations on native trees and other plants that will thrive in your location. When you install native trees, shrubs, and plants in your landscape, you gain valuable benefits. These include:
  • Plants acclimated to local climate and soil
  • Habitat for migratory and songbirds
  • Flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds
  • Plants with diverse foliage, blooms, berries, and nuts
  • Plants that stay where you plant them
Native trees transplant easily into well-prepared soil as young saplings. Your tree service can help you prepare your soil for new saplings and shrubs with their heavy equipment.
Once established, your native plants will not require irrigation and fertilizer as often as non-native plants do. Your overall costs for landscape care are reduced.
4. Prune and Maintain Trees for Optimum Health
Schedule routine pruning and care for your landscape trees. During routine trimming services, the technicians can also inspect all of your tree specimens for insect pests and tree diseases. The experts know how to spot and treat problems before serious damage occurs.
Standard bedding plants need plenty of extra water and fertilizer when planted at the bases of native trees. If you don't irrigate and fertilize these plants, the trees and bedding plants compete for nutrients and water.
Native wildflowers and shrubs have evolved to coexist with trees, so they only need extra water e during drought conditions. Plant woodland flowers that are native to North Carolina under your trees for low maintenance landscaping at the bases of trees. Choose varieties that bloom from spring to winter in a variety of colors for a year of interesting and sublime flowers under the trees.
Contact Cadieu Tree Experts Inc. to schedule tree removal and tree care for your landscape. We help homeowners create beautiful woodlands and yards in the Charlotte, North Carolina region.

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