“Just dig a hole wide enough and put ’er in, right?” Not quite. Excavation of a hole should be twice the size of the container of the specimen tree. But wait! First, you need to select a good specimen tree, and that begins by visiting one or more nurseries and conducting an investigation. Where was the tree grown? Are there any signs of girdling roots (meaning that the tree has been in the container too long and the roots are beginning to choke themselves out)? Can any other uncorrected ailments be detected? What are the suitable climate and soil conditions for, say... a Desert-willow Chilopsis linearis? Do you want an evergreen tree or is a deciduous tree okay?
The list goes on and on. Planting a tree properly with stake support, a good water source, and caring for its survival the first year is often the easiest part. The challenge is identifying a suitable tree for the proposed environment. That is followed by identifying a size to fit your budget: 15-gallon container, 24”, 36”, 48”, or 60” box tree.
At Gomez Landscape & Tree Care, we can assist with tree selection and ensure the tree is planted using the proper techniques to give it the best chance to grow and maintain long-term health.
Why Plant Trees?
Really, you have to ask? They are something pretty to look at. Research suggests that they have a positive impact on our mental health. Crime rates are more than significantly lower in communities with trees. Trees add real money value to your home and there are matrices that can be found on the Purdue University website that can assist in tree appraisal. Oh, and we depend on them for oxygen! Overall, trees provide many benefits and value to property owners in functional, aesthetic, social, environmental — and even economic — ways. Value may be defined as the present worth of future benefits.