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Outdoor livable space is a popular trend. You can set up an outdoor seating area, outdoor kitchen or outdoor dining space. This allows you to entertain guests outside or host a larger party than what your home can hold. This trend inspired my wife and I to build our own outdoor livable space. However, one of the biggest decisions we faced was what the base for our space would be. We could use concrete, lay pavers or construct a deck. After doing a lot of research, we decided on a deck. It was a challenging decision, but we are pleased with the outcome. In fact, we are so happy we decided to start this blog and help educate other people on decks and livable spaces. Learn the benefits, learn the downside, learn how to care for your and learn what kinds of wood are best for an outdoor deck.

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Create a Livable Outdoor Space by Adding a Deck

Three Disease-Resistant Sour Cherry Trees To Plant In Your Yard

by Kelly Simmons

Having a tart cherry tree in your backyard can be a real joy. Not only will you have fresh fruit to can and use in pies, but you'll also get to enjoy beautiful cherry blossoms on the tree each spring. Like all fruit trees, cherry trees are susceptible to a number of fungal diseases, which can threaten their fruit crops and sometimes even their lives. For this reason, it's important to have your cherry trees sprayed with fungicides each spring. To reduce the possibility of fungal infection even further, make sure you plan a disease-resistant tart cherry variety, such as one of these:

Northstar Drawf Cherries

If you're short on space, the Northstar dwarf cherry tree is a great choice. It only grows to 10 feet or less in height, but its fruits are large and juicy. They are tart cherries and are therefore best suited for cooking, but they are not quite as tart as some other tart cherry varieties, meaning you might enjoy eating a few right off the tree. Northstar dwarf cherry trees are also self-fertile, which means you'll get fruit even if you only plant one tree. This cherry variety tolerates heat and droughts, prefers full sunlight, and should be planted in well-drained soil.

Montmorency Cherry

Montmorency cherries are a common variety because they are so plump and tangy. They can be used in jams, pies and other baked goods.  Their firm texture makes them easy to de-pit. This cherry variety grows best in full sunlight and well-drained soil. It will not tolerate flooding, so you should not plant it in an area that becomes swampy or saturated in the springtime. Montmorency cherries are self-pollinating, but will produce more fruit if planted alongside another variety of tree, such as a Northstar, for pollination purposes.

Balaton Cherries

If you're looking for dark, red cherry, then Balaton is a great variety to choose. Most tart cherries are light red or blush pink in color, but these are dark red. Balaton cherries grow best in the northern United States and Canada, since southern regions don't have cold enough winters to cause the trees to develop plentiful buds. They prefer well-drained soil and full sunlight, but may have trouble surviving droughts. Irrigating trees in times of little rain can help preserve a cherry crop.

It's important to note that while the above cherry trees are not as susceptible to fungal diseases as other varieties, they are not completely immune to these diseases. You should still have them sprayed, as well as trimmed, every spring by places like Tree Smart Inc to ensure a healthy, plentiful cherry crop.

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