Garden Makeover – Part 39 – Replacing Fireglow Japanese Maple with Flowering Crabapple Tree

In Part 23 we wrote about the addition of the Fireglow Japanese Maple on the East part of our remodeled front garden.

Sadly, it did not survive the first winter.

Yes, we were told that they were hit or miss in our planting zone. However, since it was recommended by the professional landscaper who created our garden plan we thought it would be OK.

It was not.

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Good thing that we purchased it from a garden center which had a 1 year guarantee!

What to replace it with was now the question.

Cath went with me the other day and it was like we were purchasing hardwood flooring all over again. By that I mean that when we went shopping two years ago for hardwood flooring for our family, kitchen and dining rooms we immediately gravitated to the Jatoba Expresso. Two hours later after looking through various samples and types with the salesperson we ended up with the Jatoba Expresso.

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In this case, when we were walking through the garden center, Cath immediately gravitated to the Flowering Crabapple (or Crab Apple) tree. Sure enough, after the salesperson assisted us that is what we went with.

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Of course, I used our trusty Jardin garden cart, and not a wheel barrel, to help me with the planting. I told you that I would never go back to using a wheel barrel again.

Now, the Flowering Crabapple tree is to reach a height of between 5 and 6 feet with red buds turning into white flowers blooming in May. Per our garden center it is appropriate and does well in Zone 4. As well, this variety we were assured by the garden center will not produce crab apples. I hope not as this is to be a low / no maintenance garden; I don’t consider having to pick up crab apples after they have fallen from the tree as no maintenance.

To plant it I folowed the same procedure as described before; namely, after clearing the hole in the garden where the Fireglow Japanese Maple use to be, I placed some of the tree starter fertilizer followed by a sprinkling of soil and water before placing the new tree in the garden.

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This of course was followed up byplacing dirt around all the sides and stepping on the dirt to hep pack it down and eliminate air pockets as well as add to the stability of the young tree.

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Then, to finish I placed back the natural cedar mulch and gave the area a good soaking. I think it looks quite nice, espcially the white flowers (which yes will leave in a few weeks) against the background of the fall evergreens on our neighbour’s front garden.

Tomorrow, some much lower additions to the West side of our remodeled front garden that, yes, require little to no maintenance yet will help to break up all of the cedar mulch.

To continue to the next article in this series, simply select this link to Part 40.

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