Trees Add Value To Your Home
Each Spring we try to plant some trees around our home in order to improve the curb appeal and to add value to our home. According to the Arbor Day Foundation trees can increase the value of your home as much as 15%. In addition to the increased value of your home trees also help reduce heating and cooling costs. They also provide food and habitat for small animals and birds.
Buy Trees At Home Depot
This spring, The Home Depot is helping you prepare for the season with new and affordable products, informative workshops and inspiring do-it-yourself project ideas. One of the great DIY projects that everyone in your family can help with is planting trees. The fine folks at The Home Depot donated some trees to our family this year so we could share some tips and advice on how to plant trees.
We typically buy our trees at The Home Depot for several reasons. The prices are excellent, the selection always has plenty to choose from and lastly they offer a 1 year warranty on the trees. For this project we bought 2 large (3-inch diameter) flowering Cherry trees and 3 small (1-inch diameter) flowering Dogwood trees. The total cost of these 5 trees was $160 which I think is a very good price compared to similar trees purchased from a nursery.
Home Depot Garden Club
The Home Depot Garden Club is free online source for expert gardening advice, exclusive savings, regional tips and a community of gardeners. For instance, say you want to learn how to plant trees, then the Garden Club has some great tips and advice about how to plant a tree. So if you enjoy gardening like we do then I really recommend you check the Garden Club out.
How To Plant A Tree
Planting trees is actually a very easy DIY project that anyone can do. Planting a tree only requires a few simple steps.
- Choose a suitable location for your trees. Be sure the trees are not too close to driveways, walkways and structures. Be sure to read the label on the tree to understand how large the tree will grow to at maturity.
- Dig the hole for the tree. You’ll need to dig a hole that’s twice as wide as the root ball and slightly deeper. It’s really important that you dig the whole this large so the roots have a chance to get established well.
- Next I like to add some good loam and compost to the bottom of the hole (6 inches is more than enough).
- Carefully place the root ball into the hole and rotate the tree so that the best side is facing the direction you want.
- Remove the root ball container (burlap or plastic). Be sure that you don’t damage the roots.
- Now fill the hole around the root ball with lots of water.
- Pack loam around the root ball to completely fill the hole, be sure to pack the soil and check that the tree is plumb as you work.
- Finally install a nice layer of mulch around the tree to prevent weeds and help hold in moisture.
Special thanks to my 4 yr old son and my father-in-law for the cheap labor digging lots of big holes! Also a huge thanks to The Home Depot for sponsoring this project.