Planting trees around your Ocean County home can increase your property value by more than 15 percent, make your home more saleable, and decrease your heating and cooling costs.
Spring in Ocean County seems like a good time for planting trees. Nurseries have the biggest selection at this time of the year so it must be the best time to plant, or else why would they have all these trees available?
Planting in spring gives the tree a chance to grow all summer and get ready for winter. Soon after planting, leaves develop and they are able to make food for the plant all summer. Keep in mind that we only see what goes on above ground. When a tree is planted it needs to make new roots. Planting in spring means that the tree needs to make new roots at the same time as it makes new leaves. Both of these growth processes require sugar reserves that are stored in the roots, and stems. Trying to grow both leaves and stems at the same time is taxing for the plant and both processes can suffer.
This growth not only requires sugars, but it also requires a lot of water. With a limited root system, the plant can have problems getting enough water. This is why some newly planted trees drop some or all of their leaves shortly after planting. They just can’t suck up enough water to support all of the leaves.
While planting a tree in your yard may seem intimidating, all it takes is a little muscle and some good know-how. Follow these guidelines from the expert arborists at the Tree Care Industry Association:
- Measure the height and diameter of the root ball or root spread.
- Dig the hole just deep enough to allow the first structural root to be at level grade. The diameter of the hole should be two to three times the diameter of the root ball or root spread.
- Set the tree on undisturbed solid ground in the center of the hole. The tree should be planted so that the root flare, the base of the tree trunk where the roots begin to "flare-out," will be visible above grade.
- Backfill with soil from the planting hole, using water to pack or settle the soil around the root ball. Do not tamp soil by stepping on it.
- Mulch the planting area with 2 - 4 inches of an organic, composted mulch such as wood chips. Do not mulch up to or against the trunk. Start the mulch six inches away from the tree trunk.
- Trees should be pruned after planting to remove broken, damaged, diseased or dead branches.
- Stake and/or protect the trunk of the tree if there is a real potential for wind damage or lawn-mower injury. Remove the supportive wires and materials when the staking is no longer needed or the tree could be injured or even killed.
- Prune to develop a good branch structure once the tree has become established in its new home, usually 1 - 3 years after planting. Never remove more than 25 percent of total foliage in one year.
- Fertilizing is not recommended at the time of planting.
Trees around your Ocean County home will not only increase your property value by more than 15 percent and improve your odds of a sale. But it will decrease carbon dioxide and increase oxygen levels in the atmosphere, improve water quality and reduce erosion, give songbirds a home, and provide food for all kinds of wildlife. Tress will also provide shade in summer and a windbreak in winter, thereby reducing your cooling and heating costs while beautifying your home and neighborhood, and adding curb appeal… so get out there and plant a tree today!
As always, thank you for your time and feel free to get in touch if you have any questions. Karl Hess, Keller Williams Shore Properties - #1 Real Estate Office in Ocean County