Master Gardener, Fred
Hoffman shops for the perfect tree and demonstrates how to plant
it. Save money, stay healthy and add value to your home by planting
a tree in your very own backyard.
Tips on How To Plant
a Tree by Fred Hoffman
Does the area you are going to put the tree
get full sun or part sun? Match the area to the sunlight requirements
of the tree.
Be sure the area has good drainage. If the
area is not suitable, consider planting the tree in a raised bed
or on a raised mound.
It’s best to do your digging when the soil
is slightly damp, not muddy. Water the area the day before.
Tie the tree to the stakes using old nylons
or another flat, wide, ribbon-like article.
Tie loosely in a figure-eight configuration
at the lowest point on the trunk where the tree will stand upright.
Remove the stakes as soon as the tree will
stand on its own, usually not more than one year.
Trees provide one of the best returns on investment
for home improvements because they keep on growing (literally)
after the purchase is made. Liveable Places News reports that
home sales prices increase $508 (in current dollars) for each
front yard tree. Other studies show that people are willing to
pay 3 to 7 percent more for a house in a well-treed neighborhood.
On average, trees add between 5 and 7 percent to the value of
a residential lot.