Of the many ways to beautify your property, planting a tree is a very good choice. One reason is that you'll benefit from the sight of branches full of healthy leaves. You also help the environment by creating a space where carbon dioxide is absorbed, oxygen is released into the air, and roots hold onto the soil to prevent erosion. Below, we've identified three key steps to help you make your planting successful.
Plant a Native Species
First, choose the right plants for your area. A tree that naturally fits your environment should require less work in terms of watering and fertilizing. For example, if you live in a very dry area, plants that thrive in humidity may need a lot of extra help to thrive, which translates to more time, money and effort on your part to keep the tree healthy.
By choosing a native species, you'll also be providing support for birds and other animals whose needs are compatible with those of your tree.
Plant it in the Right Place
If you're in the northern hemisphere, planting the tree on the southern or western side of your home will provide shade from the sun during the hottest part of the day. Kruse Tree Trim & Construction suggests taking height and spread into consideration so that it doesn't pose a threat to your house later on and have to be removed.
Trees that grow too close to your home tend to cause damage to your roof and drop debris into your home gutter system. This build up in your gutters can ultimately attract more pests into your home. While you can take steps to deter pests, it's better to be safe and plant the tree at an adequate distance from your house.
Consider soil, sun, and moisture requirements and plant in an appropriate location. Also consider whether your tree will drop lots of leaves or overripe fruit into a neighbor's yard. That tree which is a source of pride for you could be a big nuisance to the family next door.
Plant it Properly
Trees Are Good recommends that the best time to plant a young tree is when the weather is likely to be mild, without hot or cold extremes. For much of the US, planting in spring or fall is ideal.
Dig a hole that's deeper and wider than the root ball to allow room for the roots to spread out and grow. Really hard soil could block root growth, so break up large clumps and remove large rocks. Note that specific planting techniques are required depending on whether the roots are bare, wrapped in burlap, or planted in a container.
Choosing and planting the right tree can be easy. If you give your tree what it needs to thrive, it should reward you with years of healthy growth.
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