reply to post by purplemer
When I bought my home the small 1/2 acre lot was rather barren to my taste. I think maybe 10 or so trees. I have planted almost 300 plus trees and
bushes, not to mention the bulbs, flowers and still I think it isn't enough. I let trees come up naturally, prune and take care of what I can, let
nature take down what it sees fit (to the chagrin of neighbors who want the cookie cutter style to prevail. Don't use any pesticides that are not
natural, and my lawn is full of dandelion, thistle, milkweed and other enemies of my neighbors lawns,, and I think I might have one of the most
diverse 'yards' in the neighborhood. I have wild plums I saved from destruction when they made the New Subdivision behind my house,, where I had to
plant a wall of trees to hide 5 homes behind my single lot.
The Neighbor wanted to cut down the trees he thought I had on his property,, but I persuaded him to leave them,, so we could remain on good terms. I
think he enjoys the summer shade they provide now.
Some of the trees that sprouted up on their own include Mulberry, Judas tree, sourberry, Mimosa, cedar, pine, Oak. I have added Figs, apple, peach,
blueberry, a rare pine, spruce trees, High john, lilac, butterfly bushes and a wall of leyland and laural and holly to name a few.
My point is you don't have to have a lot of space,, I try now to only pick drought resistant native plants to help with water consumption of them
all, During the drought here lost only a few really. You can do a LOT with very little if you try. What an inspiring story.