Sh­eryn’s tips

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Self- Sufficiency -

Trees grow. Some grow re­ally big. It is hard to imag­ine a me­tre-high stick as a mon­ster higher than a two-storey build­ing, but it is amaz­ing how quickly it hap­pens.

If you plan to be on your block in 20 years (and even if you don’t), you don’t want big trees where they will block views, shade the house, crowd each other, or grow into power lines. I also don’t rec­om­mend hav­ing a long-term plan that in­volves thin­ning for fire­wood or chain­saw­ing down big trees when you are 65 (I’m look­ing at you, mem­bers of the eu­ca­lypt fam­ily).

Plant with a men­tal pic­ture of the even­tual size of your tree. This can be hard. In­for­ma­tion on­line can be con­flict­ing, usu­ally be­cause trees grow dif­fer­ently in dif­fer­ent cli­mates.

I per­son­ally en­joy go­ing to ar­bore­tums and gar­dens and get­ting an idea of the even­tual shape and size of a tree. I then hold that im­age in my head when plant­ing out my lit­tle twigs. Al­ready some of them are start­ing to live up to their po­ten­tial.

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