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How to Landscape Your Yard with a Holiday Tree

by Jeffrey Anderson, All About Lawns Columnist

Nearly everyone loves this time of the year. Families gather to celebrate the holidays and memories are made to last a lifetime. Why not create a living memory of each year's celebration, and at the same time add to your home's landscape, with a live holiday tree?

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Tree lots with cut trees are everywhere. While those trees are used and then discarded after the holidays, a live tree can go on to help the environment. It also can provide years of beauty and enjoyment for your family. Imagine how much fun it would be to watch it grow each year as a part of your yard's landscape. Even after it's doubled in size, you have the memories of the year your family and friends celebrated the holidays with it.

Landscape with the Correct Live Tree

When choosing a live tree, make sure it is one that can thrive in your area's climate. If possible, select a tree native to your area, that also blends in with the landscaping of your yard. Be sure you don't choose a tree that is too large.

Usually, live trees are sold with a burlap-wrapped root ball, which adds quite a bit of weight to the tree. Pick one that you can move easily without hurting yourself or the tree.

A few other tips to help your live tree remain healthy, and ready to become part of your landscape:

  • Let the tree sit in a garage or enclosed porch for a few days when moving it in and out of your home, so the temperature changes are not as drastic.
  • Keep mulch around the tree ball, and make sure it remains moist.
  • Keep the tree in your home for only 7-10 days.

Landscape your yard with your family's holiday memories by using a live tree this year, and every year.


About the Author

Jeffrey Anderson has a Degree in English from V.M.I. and served as an officer in the Marine Corps. He worked in Residential and Commercial construction management for 25 years before retiring to write full time.

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