What does a bloke do when he's jaded from looking at poor tree plantings around town?
He buys a shiny new motorcycle.
And forms a blues band.
But he also concentrates on where he CAN make a difference: his own backyard.
I just planted five beautiful Poinciana trees* into my back lawn.
That's five trees at 4m spacings.
Yes, four metres.
Why not? They will grow into a living pergola which will shade my lawn in summer (it's Kikuyu, it will still grow under there) and, being semi-deciduous, will still allow the grass to grow in winter. Everyone's a winner!
Including David's Garden Centre in High Wycombe where I bought them. If you're a Perth local, check him out. Best nursery in town in my opinion. Always got the stuff I want. Always great quality (he's been doing it for 35 years), always good prices.
Just don't start talking to him about restoring old GT Falcons and GTS Monaros. Unless you're interested of course like me ;)
* When I was ringing around to source the trees, I rang a major supplier (who shall remain nameless other than to say their name starts with "B" and ends with "A" and has "enar" in the middle) and was told very confidently by the person on the other end that "they're not really suitable for Perth". WRONG! They are perfectly suitable for Perth. The Hills too, although admittedly frosts will knock 'em around a bit up there when they're young. There are so many experts when it comes to trees. Sadly, "experts" who have often listened to a lot of hearsay but haven't actually served time in the trenches where the real lessons are learned.