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He Helped You Grow,
Now Help Him Grow…Trees!
Deciding what to get your dad for Father’s Day can be tough, we know. We’ve all been there. It’s usually not due to lack of thought, but simply because your dad’s been collecting things his entire life. What else could he possibly need that would fit into his already stuffed-to-the-brim garage?
Well, we have an outside-the-box idea for you — Trees!
Okay, we know what you’re thinking. What are these crazy green thumbs talking about? It actually makes loads of sense, so just hear us out. Trees and fathers have a lot in common. Where trees have actual branches, dads helped you branch out in life to become a better person. Trees have roots, he helped you plant roots to become who you are now. Trees have rings that can be used to determine their age, your dad has wrinkles that determine his age…Okay, okay, maybe it’s best not to use that one.
While we’re certainly being a little funny, you can see what we’re getting at. Trees are always there, around every corner, just like your father. And once they’re grown, they provide a number of positive aspects for your yard. So get him something that he’ll look at everyday and remind him of just how much you appreciate him — A tree!
Let’s take a look at a few great things trees provide. Number one, they just look good, right? That barren wasteland that your dad calls a yard could certainly use a little sprucing up. Of course he may not even know what a Japanese Maple even looks like, but one he’s sees it, he’ll be pretty happy he has one.
Second on the list, shade. We’ve certainly already gotten a taste of summer and it’s promising to be a hot one, so more shade is certainly something dad will enjoy. Trees like Hackberries and Swamp White Oaks are a good idea — Tough enough for the midwest and once they mature, large enough to produce quality cover. Maybe throw in a couple cozy lawn chairs, too. After all, he needs another comfy place to sip on that lemonade.
Lastly, privacy. This is something everyone, not just your father, could use more of in their yard. When your dad is looking to host a family BBQ, he’d more than likely appreciate a nice private setting to hang out in. While there’s plenty of trees that are more than capable of providing privacy, the American Arborvitae is perhaps one of the best. This popular tree hedge, when planted correctly, can provide an almost fence-like green wall that can grow up to 60’ tall. Now that’s privacy. You’re welcome, dad!
Trees provide a multitude of other assets as well, but the three we just talked about are a good start. Don't get us wrong, new tools and hardware store gift cards are always a good idea, but maybe do something a bit different this year. Go green and plant some trees.
If you have any questions, be sure to give us a call or stop by and speak to any one of our knowledgeable Barnes Nursery specialists. See you out in the yard. We love you, dad!