Unlike most Real Estate agents, I always encourage my clients to look at the landscape and take it a step further by explaining the importance of having well-placed trees and shrubs around your home. Trees of varying qualities offer you and your community with a number of advantages. According to Arborday.org, trees around your home may increase your home value by more than 15 percent, as well as improve your chances of a sale.
Other benefits such as providing shade in summer and a windbreak in the winter season to lower your heating and cooling costs added to the opportunity to beautify your home and neighborhood make this landscape option a home run.
I could go on and on about the benefits of adding trees and shrubs to your property, but the bottom line is this; homes with trees are more valuable and are easier to rent or sell than homes on a barren landscape.
Okay, so now that I’ve convinced you of the value of trees (at least, I hope I have!), I am sure you recognize you need help. You want to plant some trees and shrubs but are not certain how to go about it. All-natural arborist and writer Howard Garrett has some simple, clear-cut measures to tree planting that can help.
According to Garrett, virtually all trees put in today are being placed improperly. Autumn is a great time to put trees because of moderate temperatures and rain allowing them to acclimate and grow strong roots before the heat and dryness of summer.
Before you go off planting your first tree, here are some quick tips to remember…
- Never plant a tree in glazed holes, like those created with perhaps a tree spade or auger, unless you know you can rough up the sides of the hole to eliminate any glazing or compaction before planting. Holes with glazed sides can keep your tree roots from penetrating the surrounding land and could cause circling roots and improper root growth.
- Once you know your tree has adequate drainage, you’re ready to put in the roots. In case your tree is wrapped in burlap, you will want to keep the burlap on the sides of the ball for planting, but remember to loosen the burlap at the trunk, as well as eliminate it from the crest of the ball.
- Remove any nylon twine or plastic addressing, string, or wire mesh, since these supplies don’t decompose and may girdle the tree trunk and roots as they grow.
- In case your tree is in a plastic container, cautiously remove it from the pot, cutting the pot off if required. If your tree is in the dirt, utilize a spade or perhaps a brush to remove excess dirt from the crest of the root ball.
- If you just have a bare root specimen, it’s crucial to keep the roots damp throughout the transportation and planting process. Exposed roots can dry out quickly – although they may be dormant during you planting – they are still living and do require water to survive.
Now that you’re an official tree hugger, it’s time you got out and explored the extraordinary beauty surrounding Durant, OK. While you’re out doing that, if you have any questions or just looking for a local real estate expert who can guide you through the home selling and home buying process, give us a call or send me an email today.