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Posted by Hope Real Estate Group, Inc on 6/19/2019

Life amongst the trees can be beneficial. You get plenty of shade, ample privacy, and can use some of the wood for heating, cooking, or camp fires with the kids. However, living in the woods can also present a few challenges that many aren’t prepared for when purchasing a home in a heavily wooded area.

In this article, we’re going to give you some advice on how to survive and thrive on a heavily wooded plot of land so that you can make the most of the trees you’ll grow to love.

Branch management

While all of those trees in your yard may be beautiful, they can be dangerous to you, your home, and your vehicles if you’re not careful. Storms, especially in colder climates where ice is likely to form, can bring down large branches and cause a lot of damage.

They can also be a minor annoyance when you have to move branches before you back out of your driveway in the morning.

The best way to avoid potential danger is to take inventory of the branches that are within striking distance of your home, garage, vehicles, and driveway. Healthy branches on younger trees might not pose a hazard. But, if you notice dying or large, heavy branches that could fall somewhere dangerous, it might be better to remove them now than pay for the damage they cause later.

This brings us to one of the most important tools you can have living in the woods: a chainsaw.

Since you have a wooded property, it’s most likely best to buy a gas-powered or battery-powered chainsaw to avoid having to use several extension cords throughout the woods.

When it comes to the high sitting branches, you can buy a pole saw in the $150 range that will handle small branches.

One of the benefits of cleaning out some trees is that you get free fuel for your fireplace (if you have one). However, you’ll need a dry place to season your wood before you burn it. Ideally, wait at least a year for your wood to dry out before using it in your wood stove.

Embracing nature -- the good and the bad

To get the most out of your tree-covered yard, you’ll have to learn to accept some of the things that come with it. If you’re the type of person who picks up every stick on their lawn, you’ll come to realize that it’s best just to pick them up before you mow.

When it comes to mosquitos and other insects, you’ll learn the times when they come out to feed and learn to avoid exposure at those times. However, when you live in the woods, bugs and critters are a part of life. So, it helps to learn about them. You might find that the spiders you hate help keep your home free of other undesirable insects.

When you get fed up with the sticks you have to pick up and the insects you have to avoid, just remember that you have privacy from passersby, that it’s more calm and quiet from the trees blocking the sounds of the road, and that the shade will give you a cool place to sit outside and save you some on your air conditioning bill in the summer.

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Posted by Hope Real Estate Group, Inc on 3/29/2017

Pinus_mugo_Sherwood_Compact_3_E.Wiegand_800Mugo Pine – An Attractive Landscape Addition If you are looking for a beautiful evergreen shrub to use in home landscaping, the Mugo Pine is hard to beat. Easy to grow, tolerant of poor soil, and adaptable to varied light conditions, the Mugo Pine adds rich green color and visual interest to the home garden. Mugo pines proudly display graceful deep-green, long needles and brown, rough bark. Other types of pine trees are not suited to mass plantings as they have a tendency to loose lower branches and inner needles as they mature. Mugo Pine, also known as Swiss Mountain Pine is one of the most popular dwarf conifers used in home landscaping. There are more than 40 different dwarf verities of Mugo Pine. A member of the plant family Pinaceae, the Mugo Pine is a shrub or small tree, round or pyramidal in shape that grows from two to ten feet tall at maturity. Mugo Pine trees are available for purchase online or from local home and garden supply stores or landscape nurseries. Description Ideally suited for mass planting along fences and foundations Mugo Pine holds its needles for more than four years. The hardy shrub is also used for privacy screening or as an ornamental landscape signature specimen. Mugo Pine is complimented by planting English Ivy around the base of the plant to provide a blanket of greenery that is a distinctive statement when colorful summer plants are dormant. Popular Varieties Popular varieties of Mugo pine include “Mops” a slow-growing compact form, “Slowmound” a slow-growing round or mounded form, and “Sherwood Compact” a slow-growing flat mounded form that only grows only two feet tall. These varieties of Mugo pine have a 30 to 40-year life span. Considered a sign of prosperity or good fortune, Mugo Pine trees, presented in an attractive pot or container, are often given as a housewarming gift. “Tannenbaum” is a tall-growing (10 feet or more) dense conical form often used as a potted living Christmas tree before being planted in the home landscape. “Oregon Jade” is a dwarf variety of Mugo pine that grows low to the ground and performs well as foundation planting. Minature Varieties “Valley Cushion” is a little variety of Mugo pine, well suited to potted container or bonsai cultivation. When cultivated as a bonsai planting, Mugo pine trees require plenty of sunlight and water. Soil must have excellent drainage or root rot will develop. Mugo Pine trees can not stand having “wet feet” and will die if root rot develops. Plant Needs Mugo pine trees grow best in United States Department of Agriculture Plant Hardiness Zones 2 through 7. They tend not to do well in warmer climates. Mugo pines are not particular about soil types and do well in with either an acid or alkaline soil. They will benefit by a regular top dressing of well-age herbivore manure (cow, horse, sheep or goat) around the base of the shrub.

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