The Q&A Archives: Tree and scrubs

Question: I have a dead tree in my yard. When is the best and the cheapest time to replace the tree? What tree would work best for Fort Worth, TX. Also I want to add low maintenance shrubs and plants to my front yard. Something that I will not grown big and is not a lot of work to keep up. What would you suggest?

Answer: Fall is a good time to install new landscape trees and shrubs. For the most carefree landscape, plant Texas native trees and shrubs. These plants require little water, no pruning, and are usually not bothered by insects or diseases.

Shrubs to consider: American Beautyberry, Arkansas Yucca, Black Dalea, Buckley Yucca, Buttonbush, Chickasaw Plum, Climbing Prairie Rose, Common Elderberry,
Coralberry/Indian Currant, Creek Plum, Eastern Wahoo, False Indigobush, Flameleaf Sumac, Fragrant Sumac/Skunkbush, Mexican Buckeye, New Jersey Tea, Oklahoma Plum,
Pale Yucca, Prairie Sumac, Redroot, Rough-leaf Dogwood, Smooth Sumac, Spring Herald/Elbowbush, White Prairie Rose, White/Bush Honeysuckle.

American Elm, Bigelow/Scaly-bark Oak, Black Hickory, Black Walnut, Blackjack Oak,
Bois d'arc, Bur Oak, Carolina Buckthorn, Cedar Elm, Chinkapin Oak,
Chittimwood/Gum Bumelia, Common Persimmon, Eastern Red Cedar, Eastern Redbud,
Mexican Plum, Pecan, Possumhaw holly, Prickly Ash, Red Mulberry and Hawthorn.

Best wishes with your landscape!

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