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arbor day: 5 tree planting techniques

National Arbor Day is Friday April 25, and there is no better way to celebrate than by adding a tree to your yard this spring. Trees make great additions to our homes. They can offer shade in warmer climates, protection from wind in harsher climates, beautiful fruits and flowers, and even add to the property value of your home.  Trees not only belong to our individual homes, but quickly become part of the neighborhood. Planting a tree is a great way to mark the passing of time and is a great tradition to start when moving to a new home.

When committing to the time and care a new tree can take, it is essential to consider what the best possible tree might be for you and your yard.  With so many planting options out there, it is important to be realistic about your climate and the amount of time and care you are willing to commit. When shopping around for the tree that is right for you, here’s a checklist to keep in mind to help you find the perfect match.

  1. Know Your Climate. Having a realistic understanding of your climate is essential to successfully caring for a tree. Talk with your nearby nursery about the pros and cons of your local climate.  Be prepared to describe the amount of light in your yard and how many hours of direct sun you receive in relation to where you would like to plant a new tree.  While you might be dreaming of that fragrant Orange Blossom tree, it’s always best to pick from what will truly flourish in your yard’s conditions.
  2. How Good Are You with a Mess? This might sound a bit silly to all the tree lovers out there, but let’s face it: trees can be messy. Whether they are dropping fruit, flowers, or leaves, trees naturally leave a trail below.  While we usually take the clean up to be part of the beauty of caring for a tree, when starting from scratch, consider the time and money you have to put toward the annual and sometimes biannual clean up.
  3. Water. This is a big one. Currently in Northern California we are experiencing an epic drought. Not only will we be unable to water our lawns this summer, but anything in our gardens that requires more water than the dry climate can naturally supply is not going to fair well. This might not be a focal point for your local climate now, but flooding and drought are becoming more common across the country. If you live in a dry climate, consider a tree that does not require a lot of water. If you live in a wet climate prone to flooding, consider a tree that can withstand saturation and stay put in wet ground.
  4. Fertilizer. If you have kids, or prefer to live a green lifestyle, you may want to invest in a tree that under normal circumstances can thrive without fertilizer. This might mean planting it in a diverse landscape of other plants that naturally ward off predatory insects, or choosing a tree that can be fertilized naturally if pests do attack.
  5. The Future. A tree is a lifetime commitment, which is why it makes such a great addition to your yard and a wonderful presence in your neighborhood. Chances are that the tree you plant today will grace your land for the next 100 years and be enjoyed by the next several families to live in your home. Choose a tree that represents the spirit of your home and family as a way to share your wishes with the families that follow.

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