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Choosing the right tree or shrub for your yard

By: Mike Estes, Rick’s Garden Center
May 8, 2017 Updated: May 8, 2017 at 2:58 pm
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Sometimes we forget that we live in a high desert climate here in Colorado Springs. That means we have those cool nights that we enjoy in the summer but we also endure several sub-zero nights in the winter that are so hard on our plants. Keep our climate in mind when you pick out a tree or shrub meaning that our zone is normally three to four.

Secondly, if you live up the pass a bit check with a qualified nursery to see what plants can handle elevations over 7,000 feet. Observe how much light the area gets during the day and write that down. Look into the future and check on how much room the “mature” version of this tree or shrub needs. Will it block a view that you’d like or will it cover over a window that you use frequently? Do you want a tree that flowers or produces fruit? Present all these questions to your favorite nursery.

Our high pH soils are also of a concern here in the Springs. Do yourself a favor and have a nursery check that as well and make the proper recommendations for adjusting that pH. We love to help our customers to find the perfect plant so bring your questions to us.

For help with your gardening questions, or to browse a wide variety of trees and shrubs, visit Rick’s Garden Center at 1827 W. Uintah St., Colorado Springs.

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