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Exploring Edible Landscape Designs

Hello, I am Monica Grimbles. I recently tore up all of the grass outside of my home to create a fully edible landscape. The ability to eat all of the plants growing in my garden helps my family's journey to self-sustainability. After all, relying on the supermarket may not always be an option. Even if it is, the food you grow in your yard just tastes and feels so much better. I also like that I do not have to tend the grass to keep the yard green. I change out the plants each year to keep the yard looking fresh and renewed. I will share my plant selections, planting techniques and tools on this site to help others create an edible landscape. I will also discuss all of the ways our professional landscaper helped out with this fun project. Please come back soon.

Exploring Edible Landscape Designs

Recognizing When A Tree Is Dead

by Eugene Jones

Trees afford a great deal of advantages. From adding shade to your home to increasing the aesthetic appeal of your yard, the benefits are numerous. However, when your tree is dead, or in the process of dying the opposite is true. Trees in poor health don't just look bad, but they could also be dangerous. Branches could begin to fall off and in more extreme cases, the tree itself could also collapse.

Recognizing an Unhealthy Tree

Inspection. A simple way to check the health of a tree is to inspect it at the start of spring or summer. During this time of the year, healthy trees will show signs of life. Whether it's fruit, flowers or leaves, you should see some signs of branch growth. If both spring and summer pass and you don't recognize anything, this could signal a problem.

Scratch test. If you suspect a health issue with your tree, a scratch test can offer some helpful insight. Using a utility knife, scratch a small piece of bark off the base of the tree. Once the bark is removed, you should see an under-bark that is green and moist to the touch. This is a sign that the tree is healthy. If the under-bark is dry and brown, this is generally a symbol that the tree is dead.

Break test. A break test is another simple way to check the health of a tree. Look over your tree to find a thin limb and remove it from the tree. Find the center of the limb and begin to bend it. If the limb is flexible and bends without breaking, this is a good sign. However, if the limb easily snaps in two, this is typically an indication the tree is dead.

Tree Removal

When it comes to a dead tree, the best solution is generally to have the tree removed. In addition to the danger they pose to your home, a dead tree can also attract pests. These pests could eventually end up making their way into your home.

If the reason for your tree's decline in health is attributed to disease, the disease could also spread to any nearby growths, such as a flower bed or shrubbery. If your tree is dead, it's best to reach out to a tree removal service so that they can safely remove the tree from your property.

There are a number of things that can negatively influence the health of a tree. Make certain you are able to recognize signs that a tree is dead to keep your family and your home safe.