There are a few things to consider before you begin the process of planting a tree. Trees are aesthetically-pleasing additions to the exterior of your home of business, and can give your property value a little boost. To properly plant a tree, we recommend you consider the following things:
1) What are your goals?
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The maple tree is a favorite perch of the goldfinch.
Are you planting your new tree to gain privacy without blocking yourself off from neighbors with a fence? Are you introducing a new tree onto your property because you are interested in attracting certain birds or looking to create a sound barrier? Before you begin mapping out all of the fun details of planting a tree, we recommend you consider your goals. Acknowledging your goals will make choosing a location and a tree-type easier, and ultimately make your project more successful.
2) Location is key!
Though location seems like an obvious factor, we urge you to think deeper, more to the root of the problem, if you will. Tree roots need adequate amounts of space to grow and develop, so try to choose a location with ample room for your tree to flourish. Avoid planting a tree underneath or around powerlines and telephone lines; placing a tree too close to a building will also cause future issues for both the tree growth and possibly the building and its patrons.
NOTE: We advise contacting your utility company to mark the location of any underground lines which may come in contact with your newly planted tree. You may be held accountable for any damage done to such lines.
3) Follow proper planting procedure.
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We understand, planting a new tree is exciting! Though the idea of just digging a hole and setting your new tree up for success is enticing, following proper planting procedure for your tree is the best bet. Take weather conditions into consideration; trees are best planted during times of low wind, cloudy, and slightly cool but not humid. If you are unsure of the proper temperament by which your tree should be planted, ask an arborist at Westchester Tree Life to assist you! We would be happy to help you plant your new tree and set it up for success!