Thursday, May 26, 2016

Microclimate matters

There's a lot of things to think about when choosing street trees. 

I wrote a three-part article about it at the start of this blog*.

One thing we don't always take into account though is the microclimate of the location we're going to be planting into.

Here's a good example of what I mean.

These two WA Peppermints (Agonis flexuosa) are about the same distance from the beach and about the same age.

The difference is that the first one is in a swale and the second one is on a ridge.

They're virtually unrecognisable as the same species!

The main difference in this case is obviously exposure to salt winds but microclimate can involve many other variables such as temperature, light, soil and drainage.

Taking microclimate into account takes a bit of extra time but the result is usually worth it.

* To access these posts, type "how to choose a street tree" into the search box at the top left of this page.

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