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Making A Home Your Family Will Love

When it comes to creating a gorgeous interior space, your home will only be as beautiful as your family allows it to be. If your children don't respect the space, your home will quickly fall back into disrepair, which is why I started focusing more and more on home and garden a few years ago. I was committed to creating a great space that was just as clean and gorgeous as it was functional, and I was really surprised to see how much of a difference my efforts made. Within a few short years, my place really seemed a lot more open, airy, and inviting. Check out this blog for great ideas on making a family-oriented home.



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Planting And Caring For 3 Appealing Trees For Small Backyards

by Alice Howard

As a homeowner, you probably already understand how good landscape design can improve your home's look and value. However, certain trees that produce shade and add color may be too large for your backyard. If you want to enhance your landscape design without making your smaller backyard area feel cramped and untidy, here are a few appealing trees to consider.


The Crabapple tree is one of the best additions for your backyard because it not only creates texture and color with its elegant flowering blooms, but some varieties also produce apples that can be enjoyable for you and your family.

The majority of flowering crabapples grow to a height between 15 and 25 feet. This height is suitable for making a statement without overwhelming smaller outdoor spaces.

Be sure to fertilize the Crabapple annually in the fall season to ensure the roots survive the wintry temperatures. In the early part of June, prune off dying, diseased, and crossing limbs and branches.

Crape Myrtle

The Crape Myrtle is another smaller tree that works well in a variety of landscape designs. The unique shape and color varieties make the tree a great accent piece in your yard. Or, the tree can add shade and enormous color to make a real statement in your smaller backyard area.

You can expect fast and stress-free growth after planting the Crepe Myrtle tree. Be sure to water thoroughly immediately after planting and fertilize the tree in the early part of spring. In the fall or early winter, before the first frost appears, prune damaged, diseased, or dying branches of the top of your Crepe myrtle. This will increase the growth rate and colorful blooms in the late part of spring and summer.

Japanese Maple

Due to its ease of growth and boldly-colored foliage, it is easy to see why the Japanese Maple is a favorite tree for gardeners, landscapers, and homeowners.

In the spring and fall seasons, you can expect foliage that is deep red or almost purple in color, which stands out against the rest of your landscape design. In the summer season, enjoy a lush green that is also attractive. On average, the Japanese Maple will grow to a height between 15 and 25 feet.  

Your Japanese Maple tree is not drought-tolerant, so be sure to water thoroughly to keep the soil moist during dry periods.

Adding shade, color, and value to your small backyard is possible with one or more of these trees. To learn more, contact a company like Mark Crane's Tree & Arborist Services.