Month: February 2018

Want to Plant a Fruit Tree? Try These in Michigan!

There’s nothing quite like growing fresh fruit in your own yard. It can liven up any meal, plus you’re not constantly needing to run to the store. If you’re so inclined, you can even can or freeze fruits for use all year long, making for a great resource. That’s why you should consider adding a fruit tree to your property.

Many people in Michigan wonder what fruit trees will do well with the frigid temperatures and other unique conditions here. After all, something like an orange or lemon tree isn’t exactly well-suited for Michigan yards.

Allow our expertise at PPM Tree Service & Arbor Care guide you in making an informed decision. Fruit trees can be planted fairly easily.

Viable Fruit Trees

While citrus trees aren’t a good choice, quite a few different fruit trees will do well in Michigan’s climate. There’s a wide variety of each type, so ensure what you buy is compatible with the USDA climate zone for your area of the state.

Among the options are:

  • Apple
  • Mulberry
  • Cherry
  • Pear
  • Plum
  • Apricot
  • Fig

Of course, you should choose fruit trees that produce what you like to eat. After all, a tree can bear an abundance of fruit, so you need something that you can stand eating a lot.

Soil Testing

Fruit trees can be a reliable source of food throughout the year.

Long before you plant a fruit tree in your yard, test the soil to see what nutrients are lacking. Soil test kits are available from many sources, or we can test it for you.

You might struggle to really make sense of the results of your soil test. Knowing what nutrients different fruit trees need is a fine science, one most people don’t understand. Again, our expertise can guide you in identifying what’s lacking. We can help you select the right fertilizers to add to the soil, fully preparing it for planting before you get a tree.

Planting and Care

You need to choose a good site for your tree. Consider the following:

  • At least 8 hours of direct sunlight is necessary.
  • Clean water must be accessible at the site.
  • Water must not pool around the tree, so ensure proper drainage during rainstorms.
  • Protection against animal damage, such as fencing and netting, often is needed.

In Michigan, the ideal time to plant a fruit tree is usually late April or in May. The soil needs to be defrosted enough that you can work it properly. If it’s not ready yet and you have a tree, you can temporarily place it in a pot, or heel it into the ground. You should try to get the tree into the ground properly within two weeks, so keep checking the soil.

A fruit tree can beautify your yard and provide fresh produce for your table!

 

Contact PPM Tree Service & Arbor Care to get professional care, ensuring your trees are properly planted and thrive for the long term.

Choosing The Perfect Hammock For Your Backyard!

If you want a relaxing, refreshing way to bask in the beauty of your yard, few things rival a hammock. To be suspended in the air with just material under you keeps things cool on a hot summer day. The rocking motion makes you relax, too.

Despite what some people might think, not all hammocks are made equal. If you really start to look at the variety out there, you likely are confused. Choosing a hammock that meets your needs all around will help ensure you’re happy in the long run, instead of wishing you bought something else.

Types of Hammocks

One of the first things you need to consider is the material and weave of your hammock. This is where most people get confused, but understanding the basic types isn’t difficult, once they’re broken down.

Rope Hammocks: made of stitched rope that stretches from one spreader bar to another. This is the type most people think of. It’s both supportive and flexible. Choose a nylon rope to keep the hammock free of mold and mildew. Rope hammocks are the most typical type of hammock.

Quilted Hammocks: These are great for providing warmth because a filler sits between two fabric layers. That makes these hammocks softer, and you won’t get caught in any rope.

Mayan Hammocks: These feature a thin, woven thread that stretches to accommodate any body shape and size. They’re also quite breathable. Again, choose a nylon thread to combat humidity.

Brazilian Hammocks: Woven out of thick cotton threads, these are good for staying warm in the spring and summer. Without spreader bars, you’re surrounded by the hammock, almost like a cocoon.

Nicaraguan Hammocks: Also, double-weave, they’re stitched tightly so the hammock doesn’t sag much. Still, there’s enough gap in the weave to allow air to flow through freely.

What type of hammock you choose depends on when and where you’ll use it, as well as your personal preferences.

Using Hammocks in Trees

Some hammocks are designed for use in trees. Thanks to all kinds of hanging products, you can suspend a hammock between trees that are spaced over 15 feet apart. A space of fewer than 10 feet normally means you don’t have enough room for most hammocks.

Of course, you’ll need trees that are sturdy enough to support your weight.

 

Possible Tree Damage Hammocks can cause damage to your trees in the long run.

Using a hammock in trees can cause some serious, irreversible damage. Consider the following before you anchor your hammock to some backyard trees:

  • Ropes will over time cut into a tree’s bark, making it at risk of infection or insect infestation.
  • Ropes also can cut off water and nutrients, eventually causing the tree to die.
  • A hammock can cause trees to bow or break slowly, even if they appear to hold your weight without issues.
  • Hooks open a hole in your trees, also increasing the risk of infection or infestation.

You can get tree saver straps, which reduce some of these risks, but they may not entirely eliminate them.

Alternatives to Trees

If you don’t want to risk damaging your trees, you have two alternatives for hanging your hammock:

Stands: most hammock suppliers will sell a stand that’s compatible with any hammock you choose. You can move these stands to anywhere in your yard, which is nice if you want to always be in the shade.

Posts: Like fence posts, you need to dig into the ground and cement these into place. They’re a sturdy and permanent solution.

If you have concerns about hanging a hammock from trees or have noticed damage to your trees from a hammock, contact us at PPM Tree Service & Arbor Care.

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