Desert Pine Trees
Originated from Asian countries like Afghanistan, the desert pine trees are great evergreen trees which can tolerate unpleasant environment in desert area. They have beautiful shapes which resemble the appearance of Christmas trees. Its foliage are formed by red dense needles which make them very good landscaping trees in drought deserts. In non desert areas, they are also used to block strong winds and other landscaping purposes. The fully grown trees can reach up to 60 feet in height and the normal growth rate of the tree can be about 5 feet per year.
They prefer locations with full sunlight and deep water which can be absorbed by their robust root systems. They like alkaline soil types with a PH value more than 7. The can tolerate drought and hot temperature environment well, which make it a candidate to grow in desert. You should avoid the root of the tree winding back to the surface of the ground when planting trees. You need to dig a hole big enough to hold their root balls and provide adequate room for their roots to expand. Ideally the hole should be at least twice the size of the root ball. Remember to water your newly planted trees thoroughly and deeply in the first several weeks to help them to establish their roots.
When their roots are fully established, you should decrease the times of watering gradually. Over-watering your trees will make them susceptible to fungi and other diseases. You also need to control the spread of weeds under the tree as they will compete nutrients with the tree. The best usage for desert pine trees in your garden is to use them as wind blockers. You do not need to stake your trees because newly planted trees can also be trained in normal winds.
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