Are you looking for a medium-sized coniferous tree to plant in your yard that will stand out among your neighbors' generic oaks, maples and ashes? Try planting an American Larch! They're beautiful trees with short, deciduous needles, small seed cones, and flaky bark. If you live in the northern United States or Canada, American Larch trees will likely grow well in your yard:
Required Growing Conditions
Like all trees, American Larches grow best in certain conditions. The trees are cold-tolerant, so you should not worry if your area has harsh winters and even cooler summers. They are tolerant of many soil conditions, but grow best in wet soils. Do you have a lot spot in your yard where other trees won't grow? This is likely a good place for your American Larch. Any texture of soil, from clay to coarse, should be okay.
You should make sure the site where you plant your American Larch receives full sunlight. These trees do not do well in the shade, especially when they're young.
Planting an American Larch
You can plant an American Larch sapling in the same way you would plant any other 2 – 3 year old sapling. Dig a wide hole and place the root ball inside. Have someone else hold the tree straight up while you fill the hole, making sure you don't cover the root arches. Pack the soil lightly into the hole, and then water the tree in.
What to Expect As Your Tree Grows
Once your tree is in the ground, you don't have to provide it with much care. Larches are not huge attractants of deer and other animals, so you don't even need to protect it from wildlife. If you have a dry spell, you can irrigate the tree lightly, but this is only necessary in the first year or so while it's still developing roots.
You can expect the tree to grow several inches per year, and to develop new branches each year. At about 12 years of age, it will begin producing cones.
Each fall, your American Larch tree will turn yellow, and its needles will tumble to the ground. This is normal – unlike many needled trees, it is a deciduous species.
The American Larch is a hardy species of tree. As it ages, you'll notice that the lower portions of the trunk begin to lose their branches. Eventually, the bottom third of the trunk will be bare, and you'll be able to sit beneath the tree in the shade. To learn more, contact a company such as McGinty Bros., Inc. Professional Lawn & Tree Care with any questions or concerns you have.Share
5 May 2015
My husband and I have a large basement we've never really used. We started storing items in it, and it seemed like such a waste of a large area of our home. We also have a nephew in college in the area who we knew was paying a high price for an apartment he could barely afford. We came up with the idea of turning our basement into a mini-apartment and offering it to him for less than his current rent. He loved the idea, and the renovation was faster than we imagined it would be. We are all so happy it all worked out, and that we had a great basement to help my nephew through college at the same time. I created this blog to encourage others to use their basement for more than just holding boxes.