• tulip tree

    14th November 2018In The GardenStephanie Donaldson

    tulip tree

    Our magnificent tulip tree Liriodendron tulipifera has simply had its five-yearly haircut. As a lot as we wish to depart it to develop with out interference, there comes some extent when it overhangs the home to such an extent that intervention is important. Additionally, a big space of the backyard turns into more and more shady from July to November and the crops beneath it get more and more leggy, or surrender completely.

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    This 12 months the change was notably dramatic as a result of the tulip tree nonetheless had most of its leaves when it was pruned. I requested the tree surgeons if this was an issue however they stated it was tremendous and that the leaves had been really fairly useful as they act as parachutes, which means that there have been fewer casualties amongst the crops beneath the tree. There are all the time some losses, nonetheless cautious they’re, however on the entire it was a couple of squashed foxgloves and flattened hellebores reasonably than something actually critical.


    By the point the tree surgeons left it was practically darkish so it was inevitable that there can be some cleansing as much as be carried out and I’ve spent the final couple of days tidying the aftermath. There was a particular win in having the tree pruned with its leaves in place – leaf sweeping will probably be a lot diminished this 12 months and as we have already got a reasonably monumental leaf heap we received’t be lacking out on leafmould. Tulip tree leaves are fairly sluggish to decompose, so I all the time want to maneuver most of them to permit the spring bulbs and flowers to be seen – left in place every little thing tends to put on a leafy hat and be considerably starved of sunshine which isn’t the impact I’m in search of!

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    Publish-pruning, the woodland space beneath the tulip tree had a deep layer of leaves, twigs and small branches that wanted eradicating. Twigs and branches at the moment are in a heap prepared for shredding and spreading on the paths, whereas the overwhelming majority of the leaves are on the leaf heap. I can now get on with planting narcissus and tulips that I’m naturalising within the woodland space and as soon as that’s carried out I’ll unfold a thick layer of composted bark. It’s all the time a bit unnerving seeing our much-loved tree in the reduction of, however expertise has taught us that it responds nicely to this therapy and for the following few years the crops beneath it’ll get pleasure from dwelling within the gentle.


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