With snow and frigid temps blanketing a good portion of North America, maybe what we all need right now is a nice break and a chance to think about spring (which Punxsutawney Phil says is not too far off!). I thought a little digression about trees, shrubs, and landscaping on horse property might be good for this week. That’s what we are doing on right now at Sweet Pepper Ranch. We are working with a landscaper who understands our land management goals and interests. He’s put together a planting plan for us that we can work on implementing in phases.

Checking out a newly planted tree

Matt inspects a recently planted quaking aspen, which will lend summer shade to the round pen area.

January and February are actually great times to plan for and begin planting. Planting plants in the dormant stage helps them better survive the stress of transplanting.

I am a huge fan of using native plants on horse properties. People, wildlife and the environment all benefit from a landscape of native plants. Native plants, also called indigenous plants, are plants that have evolved over thousands of years in a particular region. They have adapted to the geography, hydrology, and climate and have co-evolved with animals, fungi and microbes. These plants are the foundation of our natural ecosystems. As a result, a community