What are your thoughts on organics and/or a diet high in fruits and vegetables? Perhaps you would like your planting areas to be unique and stand apart from those in your neighborhood?
Adding edible plants to your landscape can be a great way to mix up your outdoor space. These plants can provide a much different aesthetic than you commonly see, and also have the benefit of being very nutritious.
You can take this far and make an elaborate edible area, or just mix in a bit here and there. There is really no right or wrong. Some ideas for a small area that are attractive to look at and eat are: kale, rhubarb, swiss chard, brussel sprouts, and tomatoes. I have also found that herbs can be a great addition to the area, and many are capable of being grown here in Zone 4.
If you find a liking for this and want to take it a step further you can consider growing fruit and nut trees as well. There is now a large selection of fruits and nuts that are Zone 4 Hardy. Do be aware that this step will involve a much larger commitment to growing them and maintaining them. These trees will require annual pruning to make the tree as healthy as possible, and at harvest time there is the potential of a lot of clean up to be done around the trees.
We have people on staff that are well versed in edible landscaping. Stop in or give us a call and let’s see what we can do for you!
~ Suggestion by Derek Tweten, Landscape Manager at Barrett Lawn Care. Derek has years of experience in many aspects of landscaping. For more information, Derek can be reached at 612-866-7522 or info@BarrettLawnCare.com.