How to Plant a Tree

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Selectingrepparttar right tree forrepparttar 145184 right place is a good first step in any landscape design, but proper planting also is important for getting your tree off to a good start. Trees are like all living creatures. They require more attention inrepparttar 145185 beginning to promote a long, healthy life.

Carefully chooserepparttar 145186 planting site. Trees are difficult to move once they are established. Check with local authorities for regulations on placement of trees. Some communities have ordinances restricting placement of trees within a specified distance of a street, sidewalk, streetlight, or other utilities. BEFORE DIGGING, make sure that all underground utilities are clearly marked. You wouldn’t want to cut offrepparttar 145187 electric power to your community or risk injury.

Carefully followrepparttar 145188 planting instructions that come with your tree. If specific instructions are not available, follow these tips:

Dig a hole about twicerepparttar 145189 size ofrepparttar 145190 tree’s root ball, or about one foot wider thanrepparttar 145191 root system. The hole should be slightly shallower thanrepparttar 145192 root ball. Ifrepparttar 145193 soil is especially heavy or wet, consider plantingrepparttar 145194 tree slightly higher. Remove all materials fromrepparttar 145195 root mass. This includes wires, string, burlap, and biodegradable containers. Neglecting this will hinder proper root growth. Gently placerepparttar 145196 tree inrepparttar 145197 center ofrepparttar 145198 hole and position it to grow straight. Ifrepparttar 145199 tree has a prettier side, place it inrepparttar 145200 direction most frequently viewed. If planting a bare root tree, carefully spreadrepparttar 145201 roots. Crumblerepparttar 145202 soil removed fromrepparttar 145203 hole and coverrepparttar 145204 roots with it. As you add soil to fill in aroundrepparttar 145205 tree, lightly tamprepparttar 145206 soil to collapse air pockets, or add water to help settlerepparttar 145207 soil. Air pockets aroundrepparttar 145208 roots can be devastating to a newly planted tree. Add about four inches of mulch--wood chips, shredded bark, or grass clippings--aroundrepparttar 145209 base ofrepparttar 145210 tree, extending out torepparttar 145211 tips ofrepparttar 145212 outermost branches. A 3-foot diameter circle of mulch is common. Mulching will retain moisture, reduce weeds, maintain a more even soil temperature, and eliminate mowing next torepparttar 145213 delicate bark. Be sure to pullrepparttar 145214 mulch away fromrepparttar 145215 tree trunk because decomposing mulch can cause rot problems. Finally, giverepparttar 145216 tree a thorough watering. Ifrepparttar 145217 root ball is extremely dry, allow water to trickle intorepparttar 145218 soil by placingrepparttar 145219 hose atrepparttar 145220 trunk ofrepparttar 145221 tree. Young trees need protection against rodents, frost cracks, sunscald, lawnmowers, and weed whackers. Plastic guards are an inexpensive and easy control method. Light colored tree wraps can be used to protectrepparttar 145222 trunk from sunscald. Usually, staking trees is not necessary unless you live in an area with high winds.

Trees in the Home Landscape

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Trees add so much torepparttar home landscape! They provide shade, clean air, habitat for wildlife, value to your property, and even memories.

If your yard does not have any trees atrepparttar 145183 moment, you may want to consider planting some. Studies have shown that trees and landscaping add value to your property. Even if you do not intend to sell your property, trees can provide years of enjoyment. If you have trees in your yard, check to see that they are healthy. If they are nearrepparttar 145184 end of their life expectancy or show signs of decline, you may want to plant new trees that will become established beforerepparttar 145185 old trees are removed.

If properly located and planted, trees can help control energy costs. A large shade tree planted onrepparttar 145186 southwest side ofrepparttar 145187 house can provide cooling shade inrepparttar 145188 summer, helping reduce air conditioning costs. Oncerepparttar 145189 leaves drop inrepparttar 145190 fall,repparttar 145191 winter sun is free to warm your house on cold winter days. Evergreen trees, planted to block cold winter winds, can help reduce winter heating costs.

Have you wondered what you could do to reduce greenhouse gases and address global warming? Planting trees will help! One ofrepparttar 145192 greenhouse gases causingrepparttar 145193 most concern is carbon dioxide. Plants take this gas out ofrepparttar 145194 air and use it in photosynthesis. Carbon is stored inrepparttar 145195 wood and living tissues of trees. When leaves fall and are composted, carbon is added torepparttar 145196 soil. This improvesrepparttar 145197 soil for plant growth and stores more ofrepparttar 145198 carbon inrepparttar 145199 form of soil organic matter. Carbon can be stored for hundreds of years inrepparttar 145200 trunks of trees or inrepparttar 145201 form of lumber, furniture, and other wood products. By planting trees in your yard, you can help reduce greenhouse gases.

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