Angie's List Report: Adding Trees to your Landscaping

Reported by: Amy Katcher
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Updated: 9/04/2013 10:33 pm
(WDEF) Trees can add up to 15% to the value of your home if they are well-maintained.
    Jeff Gatewood is a nursery owner.  He said, "The most important thing really is the framework of the tree, the wood part. A good, clean, straight trunk and a good even branching habit. More important than anything else is the framework because it's going to be there year after year."
    But when planning and planting, you need to be sure you're accounting for what they will be like when they are full grown.
    Angie Hicks of Angie's List said, "Before planting a tree, the first thing you want to do is call 8-1-1 which is a free service that will come out and mark where your utilities are in your yard. That way you don't run the risk of cutting an utility line which could upset your neighbors if you end up cutting their electricity."
    Gatewood said a common mistake he sees is the planting depth. The top of the soil in the pots should be exactly level with the soil in your lawn.  He added, "You never want the grass to grow around the trunk of the tree. Always take out a big circle of sod, four to six feet in diameter, plant the tree in the middle, mulch it."
    Hicks said, "If planting trees is not a DIY project for you, consult with a certified arborist. They can help you pick the right type of trees for your yard and plant them. Do keep in mind some states do require licensing for arborists. Check if your state is one of them."
     When it comes to mulch, do not pile it up along the trunk because the mulch stays moist and that attracts insects and causes rot.

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