What better way to spruce up your residential boulevard than with some lovely, hardy trees? Not only do trees make boulevards much more scenic, but they also provide your home and vehicle with shade, provide a barrier to wind, and even increase your property value. Plus, trees tend to grow better along residential boulevards compared to major streets and even parks, so boulevard planting is great for both you and the environment!
Did you know that this year in Bismarck, you can even be reimbursed for up to 50% of the costs of planting trees along your boulevard? What are you waiting for? Here's how you can make your neighborhood nicer with boulevard trees!
Before you get started on planting boulevard trees, there are a few things you should know. For starters, the land in front of your property-the boulevard-is public property, so there are rules to abide by. These regulations will differ from city to city, so make sure you check out the local boulevard planting guidelines for your area.
Here in Bismarck, you need to acquire a Permit to Plant Trees on Public Street Right-of-Ways from the Bismarck Forestry Division before you can plant trees on your boulevard (don't worry, it's free!). You can then choose from a list of approved boulevard trees for Bismarck, ensuring they fit into the width category of your residential boulevard. While certain trees outside of this list can be approved separately by the city, keep in mind that Ash trees are an absolute no-no due to the threat of the Emerald Ash Borer.
After selecting approved trees, make sure you plant them at the proper planting depth for the best health and tree longevity.
With so many different tree varieties to choose from, it can be hard to narrow down exactly what will look great on your street. Luckily, we know a thing or two about boulevard planting and have narrowed down some of our favorite, approved trees for planting on your boulevard:
Pekin Lilac: Perfect for a wide range of boulevards, from small to large (4' or larger), this multi-stemmed lilac features upright, arching habit with gorgeous, dark green leaves. In late spring, this tree produces beautiful, creamy white panicles that will fill your street with a sweet, honey fragrance.
Showy Mountain Ash: Another great choice for adding beauty and show to smaller boulevards or roads with overhead utilities, this decorative mountain ash - not to be confused with true ash trees - is also known for its superb hardiness. Also known as dogberry, its gorgeous clusters of fragrant, white flowers turn to bunches of scarlet-colored berries that last from fall into winter. If that wasn't enough to convince you, this mountain ash also features blazing orange and red fall foliage.
Hybrid Oak: For mid-sized boulevards that are 5.5' or larger, hybrid oak trees are a perfect size and offer a wide range of colors and textures. While most of them display the characteristic, lobed oak leaves, they still vary in size, shape, and fall color. Here in Bismarck, 'Crimson Spire', 'Regal Prince', and 'Prairie Stature' are approved for boulevard planting.
Maple: While not all maples are suitable for a medium-width boulevard, some of our favorite maples are! Red maple, Norway maple, and the ever-popular sugar maple are all approved trees for boulevards measuring 5.5' or larger. Each of these lovely maple varieties features a larger array of cultivars to choose from- so you can pick the perfect maple for your personal color preference and your boulevard's conditions.
Ginkgo: Adored for its extraordinary fan-shaped leaves and bright fall color, the ginkgo tree functions as both an ornamental tree and a shade tree for your large boulevard (7' or larger). Its tolerance for a wide range of soil and sunlight conditions make the ginkgo tree an excellent, hardy choice for street planting.
American Linden: A native tree to North Dakota, the American linden reaches heights of 60' tall- a large-sized tree suitable for lofty boulevards. With an attractive, pyramidal growth habit and lovely, fragrant spring flowers, this tree is certain to naturalize your neighborhood.
Silver Maple: While some maples are suitable for more condensed areas, the massive trunk and spreading roots of the silver maple are only allowed to be planted on the along the largest of boulevards, at least 9.5' or wider. Their fast growth rate and vase-shaped habit make them excellent shade trees for such a large area, and you'll be mesmerized by their attractive, silver-green leaves that seem to sparkle in the breeze.
Scotch Pine: For year-round interest on an extra-large boulevard, you can't go wrong with an evergreen like the scotch pine. This pine features durable, dark green needles approximately 3 inches long, giving it a full, sometimes fluffy appearance. With stiff branches and excellent needle retention, this tree is perfect for decorating with lights to make your neighborhood extra-festive during the holiday season.
The visual and environmental benefits of trees in and around our city are undeniable. Here at Plant Perfect, we're more than happy to help you introduce more trees to your neighborhood, so come by our garden center soon to check out our wide selection of boulevard-worthy trees!
If your lawn is already overtaken by weeds are you're on the verge of a full-blown epidemic, it might be a little too late to start tackling it on your own. Selecting the right product is crucial if you want to kill weeds, but not your grass.
Before purchasing herbicide, you need to know what it is you're dealing with. Is it just a few harmless dandelions? Or is it a more vigorous kind, like creeping Charlie or crabgrass? Identifying the problem will help you select the appropriate product- one that targets that specific weed, making your efforts much more effective.
If you can, target weeds directly by spot spraying individual weeds or small areas with weeds, instead of your whole lawn. This will cut back on the amount of chemical solution coating your garden plants, and will have less of a negative effect on your lawn. Be careful not to spray near your veggie garden- you wouldn't want to be serving up tainted food at your next family dinner!
The best way to tackle weeds is to prevent them from sprouting in the first place, before the growing season even begins. When you're consistent with weed prevention measures, you'll find lawn weed control becomes much easier. Stop into Plant Perfect for your garden care and weed-killing needs today!