By Mike Pescatore, ESPN Staff WriterAs many of you may know, I love to plant and maintain cat trees on my own property.
It’s a fantastic way to provide wildlife habitat and help the animals that live here.
I decided to start growing a cat tree for my own pet and it is a wonderful way to enjoy a home yard.
Here’s how to grow a cat-shaped tree on your own property:Step 1.
Determine what size tree you want.
I have found that a 3-foot tall, 3-inch diameter tree will do just fine.
I usually grow my cat trees at least 6 feet tall, depending on the area.
Prepare your soil.
Make sure your soil is thoroughly cleaned of soil, dust, and dirt that is left over from the last time you prepared your soil to prevent any mold growth.
Prepare a base layer.
The first step is to cover the soil with a layer of coarse sand or coarse gravel.
Next, you’ll need to put a layer or two of fine sand or gravel over the base layer, covering the top.
The goal is to have the top layer of sand or dust covering all of the plants in the tree, and a layer underneath that will provide the soil to the roots.
Fill in the soil.
You’ll want to fill in the gaps between the layers, so the soil stays wet.
Cover the roots with a top layer.
I like to do this by placing a little bit of gravel on top of the top of my tree and filling it with dirt, leaving about a 1-inch gap between the top and bottom layers.
Light the tree.
You can either light your tree by placing an LED light inside the tree canopy or by using a gas torch.
My first gas torch was a very easy way to get started, but I found that it made a mess.
Clean up the area around the roots of the tree with a garden brush.
A garden brush works just fine for a cat’s foot, but a little extra care can keep your tree from drying out.
Protect the roots and branches.
A great way to protect the roots is to keep them moist by placing the branches and leaves in a bowl of water for a few hours before washing them with cold water.
Attract more visitors.
Cats love to climb trees and climb under the bark.
You want to encourage that behavior, so use your light as a light source to attract other cats and wildlife to your tree.
Put the tree into the ground.
If you live in an area with a dry spring, you can easily put the tree in the ground before you water it.
If it’s a humid summer day, it’s easier to put the branches in the earth or even into the air.
If your tree is too tall to get a good water source, you could plant your tree at the bottom of the ground or a spot where the water level is low.
Attach the tree to your roof.
Attaching your cat tree will provide some extra habitat for wildlife and a nice, easy-to-use, indoor cat tree.
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