Landscaping is a delicate balancing act between decoration and structural integrity. Flowers and hedges that give bursts of color every year need the irrigation to keep the plants alive. Big trees have to shield your house from the summer sun but also grow the right way so their roots don’t destroy your foundation. Even ornamental trees need to pull their own weight.
Slow-growing or small ornamental trees can do that more easily than their gigantic counterparts. Their root systems aren’t as thirsty or as fast-growing, so they can lock into the soil without being a hazard to your pipes or foundation. That means they make an excellent, natural solution to erosion on your property. Add ornamental trees to these three places to make your soil stick:
At the downward slope of your yard.
Sloped yards are particularly vulnerable to erosion from all sources. But root systems grab the soil and lock it into place. Line the bottom-most edge of your fence line with slow-growing ornamental trees. They can stop soil from disappearing under your fence. Their roots can also fill in the gaps from previous erosion so pets can’t dig out under the fence.
Near patches of ground that won’t stay green.
Sometimes, grass just won’t stay green. Maybe it doesn’t have enough shade or it’s too close to active tree roots. If nothing works to make grass grow, plant an ornamental tree instead. Grassy coverage blocks a great deal of erosion, and you need something there that can take on the job.
Near the drainage paths from your gutter system.
The water from your downspouts has to go somewhere, and it will take soil along with it if it can. Plant decorative trees like Japanese Maples, which look like vibrant hedges. The roots can grip onto the dirt, and the low coverage can help hide the cuts in the dirt from years of drainage.
Go to Chambersville Tree Farm to find the perfect trees for your yard.