If you’re looking for simple ways to improve your home’s value, here’s a fresh idea: Plant an “evergreen screen” to block out wintry winds and provide shade during the summer. Whether you’re living in a cozy single-family home in Fruita or a multimillion-dollar home in Grand Junction, an evergreen screen may be exactly what you need to increase your enjoyment while boosting resale value down the road.
Planting trees isn’t easy work, but in the end, it’s worth it.
What is an Evergreen Screen?
An evergreen screen is a row of trees that’ll thrive in Colorado’s climate, and it’s designed to block wind, provide shade, and add natural beauty to your home’s outdoor living space.
How to Choose the Right Evergreens
Most evergreen trees, when they’re for sale, are between 4 and 10 feet tall. Once they’ve matured, though, they can tower over your home at up to 50 feet.
Ideally, you’ll choose trees that have sufficient foliage and growth to block wind but won’t block too much sun. Try:
- Black Hills Densata
- Colorado blue spruce (of course!) varieties, such as Baby Blue Eyes or Bakeri
- Pinyon pines
- Southwestern white pines
Where to Plant Your Evergreen Screen
If you want to use your evergreen screen to block out wintry winds, plant them on the north-facing side of your home.
How to Plant an Evergreen Screen
Till out an area that’s 5 feet in diameter where you intend to plant each tree. Tilling the surrounding area gives each tree a prime shot at thriving.
Mix in peat moss, composted manure, and other fertilizers to a depth of about a foot.
Dig the planting hole. If the tree’s roots are wrapped in burlap, you only need to dig the hole as large as it needs to be to accommodate the roots; otherwise, the hole needs to be twice the size of the pot.
If the roots were wrapped in burlap, don’t unwrap them; plant the tree as-is. If not, carefully use a trowel to untangle the roots and break up those that have grown together so they can spread out once the tree’s in the soil.
Add fertilizer that’s high in phosphorus to promote a healthy root system and to help protect the plant from transplant shock, and then spread out the tree’s roots as best you can.
Fill the hole with the soil you removed from it, and carefully tamp it down to remove air pockets. Water the tree immediately; most people find that running a hose to the tree and putting it on a moderate trickle is just enough.
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