Trees are a great asset, and they can add up to 15 per cent to the value of your home if they are well-maintained. When planning, you need to take into account how big they will be when they are full grown.
To avoid problems down the road, purchase a healthy tree. A high-quality tree should establish more quickly after transplanting, and will be more likely to fight off disease and survive heavy storms. Avoid trees with crushed or circling roots or obvious wounds on the trunk. Look for a tree with one, dominant truck and a uniform canopy. If the tree is staked in the nursery, remove the stake to ensure the tree can stand on its own. Trees are usually sold as bare root or in a root ball or container. Bare-root trees should have visible, fibrous root system that is moist and not dried out. When purchasing a tree in a container, watch out for roots that have grown into the container.
Before you plant, call 811 to make sure you are digging in a safe place and avoiding utility lines. This service is nationwide and free to the homeowner.
The tree should be planted even with the ground. When it comes to mulching, don't pile it up along the trunk of the tree, because mulch attracts insects and causes rot. Newly planted trees should receive about an inch of water a week.
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