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What to Plant, When and How Native shrubs and trees have a definite advantage when it comes to growing conditions as they have stood the “test of time,” surviving problems related to insects, disease, and various weather conditions. Here are a few species native to Michigan.

Deciduous Shrubs (Loose their leaves each fall) • Shrub Dogwood • Ninebark • Spicebush • Common Elderberry • Highbush Cranberry

Deciduous Trees • • • • •

Maple Oak Hornbeam Kentucky Coffee Tree Tamarack

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Hophornbeam Basswood Blackgum Hickory

Evergreen Trees (Needles remain all year.) • Eastern Red Cedar • Eastern White Pine • Hackberry

Planting Tips

• Spring and fall are both great seasons for planting. • Dig a hole as deep as the root ball and twice as wide. • Don’t mix added types of soil like sand, peat, top soil fill as it creates a false environment and doesn’t encourage outward growth of the roots and creates drainage problems when watering different kinds. • Apply mulch correctly

Incorrect Mulching

Correct

Mulching

Applying Mulch

• Spread mulch under trees, shrubs, and throughout planting beds to a recommended depth of 3-4 inches for medium to course-textured materials. • Pull mulch away from bases of trees and shrub trunks creating a donut-hole. Do not pile it up against the trunk (volcano mulching). Excessive mulch on the trunk causes moisture to build up, creating ideal conditions for insect pests, diseases, and decay. • Ideally, the mulched area around the tree should extend to the drip line of the branches, or at least cover a 4-5 foot diameter around the trunk. The larger the mulched area, the more beneficial. • Check the mulch depth annually and replenish as necessary.

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The Birmingham Bloomfield Lifestyle is the premier community resource guide for the Birmingham Bloomfield area. Based on information content...