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(Posted 11 a.m., Sept. 24)
When buying trees or shrubs there's a lot to consider

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

A red maple from J.A. Laporte can provide plenty of shade and privacy for six o seven months of the year. File photo

As the days grow shorter and the nights get cooler, many people may consider adding a new tree, or a decorative shrub to their properties. If so, you may want to consider these important tips provided by the folks at J.A. Laporte Flowers and Nursery on Old Montreal Road.

When it comes to planting a new tree, first determine what you want the tree for – shade, or privacy, or both.

Then determine the size you need and how long it will take to reach maturity. Some trees grow faster than others. One of the fastest growing trees in this environment are Canadian Red Maples.

A red maple can provide shade early in the season and reduce air-conditioning costs during the summer months by sheltering your home from the blazing sun. In winter, when the branches are bare, sunlight can stream in to warm your home

Other trees to consider are Locusts, Russian Olives, and Ornamental Pears.
J.A. Laporte has over 145 different varieties of trees and they are more than happy to provide people with advice on what tree would best suit their property for a given purpose.

Owner Estelle Laporte suggests that people bring in a picture of their property along with an idea of what they want to hide – if they want it for privacy or for shade.

“Everything has its spot. We have columnars to block out certain windows. We have globe varieties that will grow to a 10 x 10 ball to block out a patio doors. So there’s always something for somebody, you just have to pick out the right thing,” advises Laporte.

Besides trees, J.A. Laporte also carries more than 245 varieties of ornamental shrubs that can spruce up any yard. They have shrubs that can be used as garden accents and shrubs that can stand on their own. They have flowering shrubs such as lilacs, forsythia, and hydrangea, and evergreen shrubs including several different varieties of yews, junipers and hemlock.

The best advice is to get advice from the experts at Laporte. Having been in business for more than 50 years, they know the area like no one else. They know what works and what doesn’t in each and every neighbourood..

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

 

 

   

 


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