JUST SO YOU KNOW
Why do I need to know my hardiness zone? Why does it matter?
The Plant Hardiness Zones divide the United States and Canada into 11 areas based on a 10 degree Fahrenheit difference in the average annual temperature. The United States falls within zones 2-10. The area we live in is Zone 8. The state of Texas contains Zones 6-9. Zone 6 starts all the way up to the panhandle, and Zone 9 reaches all the way to Brownsville. Keep in mind also tat there are variations such as soil, moisture, winds, and other unseasonal weather to keep in mind. Variability of plants is individual. There is also microclimates. This is when the urbanization of cities happens, effect from the buildings. In addition, regions of the country where bodies of water or mountains may contain "pockets". These climatic pockets mirror warmer or cooler zones than the surrounding region.
What is furrowed leaves?
It is when the leaves contain grooves, wrinkles, or lines.
What is an ornamental tree?
An ornamental tree is when a tree is cultivated for it's beauty rather than for it's use.
What is soil texture or soil requirements?
The proportion of different sized
particles in the soil described as sand, silt, and clay. Having your
soil covered with bark or a thick mat of covering helps aid in the holding
of nutrients, serves to keep the roots cool, and retains precious
What is a catkin?
It is a flower bloom (male) that resembles a cats tail. They are frequently found on the Chinkapin Oak.
What is alkaline?
It is the amount containing or properties related to metal located in your soil. It is also what determines your soil's pH level.
What are the different types of trees?
Deciduous trees are those that shed seasonally at a certain stage of development in the life cycle.
Coniferous trees are those that are mostly evergreen trees and shrubs including forms with true cones and others with an arillate fruit.
Landscaping, especially with trees, can boost your property value as much as 20%
Trees properly placed around homes and buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30% and 20-50% for heating costs. That averages out up to $175 per year per structure.
The planting of trees results in improved water quality, resulting in less erosion and runoff. More recharging of the ground water supply.
Wooded areas help prevent the transport of chemicals into streams.
In laboratory research, visual exposure to settings with trees has produced significant reduced stress within five minutes, as indicated by changes in blood pressure and muscle tension.
Trees can be a stimulus to economic environment, attracting new business and tourism. Retail areas are more attractive to shoppers, apartments rent more quickly. Wooded space is more valuable to rent or sell.
Healthy, mature trees around homes and buildings help save a structure from more extensive damage during a storm with very high wind speeds.
Flowering trees produce food for wildlife.
Xeriscape is dry landscaping. This is a critical aid in wildlife. Used for water-conserving method of landscaping in arid or semarid climates.
What is loamy soil?
Soil that consists of a friable mixture of varying proportions of clay, silt, and sand.
What does it mean to graft?
To join or unite with for development. To form a main molecular chain. By attachment.
What is the difference between dioecious and monoecious?
Dioecious is when a plant (tree) has male reproductive organs on one individual and female on another. Having staminate and pistillate borne on different individuals. Monoecious means having both pistillate and staminate flowers on the same plant.
One acre of forest absorbs 6 tons of carbon dioxide and puts out 4 tons of oxygen. That meets the annual needs of 18 people.
What does cultivate mean?
To prepare and use for the raising of crops, it is also loosen or to break up the soil for growth of plants.