Daily Archive for July 24th, 2010

Alder Shade Trees

We lost an older tree, of undetermined lineage, at the vineyard and will be planting three new Alders to replace it. Alders are fast growing and since they will be planted in the lawn area will be well watered. Excess water probably killed the older tree which originally was not part of the lawn.

The Nursery tells us that Alders can grow 6 to 7 feet a year and although deciduous loose their leaves late in the year and leaf very early – a two month gap without foliage, usually December and January, an ideal shade tree under which to picnic and drink a glass Chardonnay on a warm summer day.