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Selection and Planting New Trees

Spring is a great time of year to plant a tree! If you are thinking of planting a new tree there are many important factors to consider before you buy and plant a tree.

First, how much area do you have for the tree to grow? Many people see a beautiful live oak draped in Spanish Moss, sprawling in a green pasture and think “Oh, I want one of those!” But if they stop and consider the area the tree requires they might think twice. Any of the large species of trees require a great deal of room. When you plant a tree you need to consider what size the tree will be when mature and allow plenty of space away from buildings, driveways, sidewalks, roads, overhead utility lines, underground irrigation, septic systems and water wells. The tree grows as much (or more) underground as it does above ground so give it plenty of room to grow into a healthy specimen.

Second, the tree will need plenty of water as it establishes itself in your yard. Be sure you can provide the water it needs without too much inconvenience or you may tire of the aggravation and not give it the attention it requires.

Third, consider your climate and what trees are suited for your area. Read up on tree specimens that are disease resistant, drought (or wet if that is the case) tolerant, and pest resistant. These factors will play a role as the tree grows and if you chose the right species – it will thrive. Also, what type of soil do you have and is it a good fit for your choice of tree? Does the soil drain or will it be frequently wet?

Other factors include tree spacing if you are planting multiple trees. Make sure there is ample space between the trees to allow for their full mature spread. Is the soil compacted? If so you may have insufficient water to oxygen ratio for proper root development. If you plant for shade, does the tree lose its leaves in winter? And are you prepared to accept the fact that shade trees have leaves and leaves can be messy?

As you can see, there are many things to consider before selecting and planting a tree. Arborists can provide consultation for a fee. Nurseries may have suggestions for successful local choices. But you can also help yourself with some investigation and study into the topic and you will learn a lot of information that will benefit you and your tree far into the future.

Thanks for taking the time to read my Blog! Your questions and comments are always welcome.

Tree-sa Wheeler (352) 322-6305

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