Buying a Tree Isn’t an Impulse Purchase

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If you drive by a nursery or garden center, you will see all types of trees and shrubs up for sale during this time of year.  Although fall is the best time of year to plant a tree, all the new trees are on display. If you are in the market for a new tree to plant at your home or at the home of a friend, neighbor or relative, do a little research before you go shopping.

3 things to consider when doing your research:

  • What kind of tree do you want to purchase?  Do you want a shade tree, ornamental tree, flowering tree, evergreen tree or a tree that makes a statement. There are numerous websites that will provide you with information on various trees. For a good starting point, try searching “Best trees in (your state)”.
  • What is the eventual size of the tree you are planting? Consider both the eventual height and width of the plant. This will tell you the best location in your yard to plant the tree. You may learn that your tree of choice gets way too large for your back yard.
  • What are the site requirements for the tree? Does it like sun or shade?  Can it handle a wet environment?  Will it be crowded out by other trees?  Will it interfere with any powerlines?  Are there any underground utility lines that need to be located? Call Julie before digging to mark the location of any buried cables.

Once you decide on the species of tree to purchase and where to plant it, you need to consider the following:

  • Will you be able to easily get the tree to where you want to plant it? Most people don‘t own a tree moving cart and a small wagon or even a wheel barrow may not be large or strong enough to move a large balled and burlapped tree more than a couple of feet.  Even trees that are grown in large plastic pots can still be very heavy and difficult to move.
  • Do you have all necessary tools? You will need a shovel, but what about a spade or pick ax. Some soils are hard and may have large rocks that have to be removed. The hole you dig should be about twice as big as the diameter of the ball or pot. Have a place designated to place all the soil that is removed from the hole. You want to reuse the native soil that came from the hole when backfilling the hole, so have it close by. An iron garden rake is also helpful for leveling the soil after you are done planting. You may not use all the soil that came out of the hole, so you need a wheel barrow to move it to another location.

Don’t make buying a new tree an impulse purchase. Do your research and make sure you are buying the best tree for your yard. It will save you time and money in the long run.

Why Fall Is the Right Time to Plant a Tree

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There is a crispness in the air and the leaves will begin changing soon. This transition to fall marks a great opportunity to add to your landscape.
Since spring marks the start of “planting season”, many people overlook the fact that fall is actually a more ideal time for planting trees.

Why Is Fall a Better Time to Plant Trees?

Don’t panic… if you planted a tree in the spring it doesn’t mean that it won’t make it through. Spring is a perfectly fine time to plant a tree; there are just some challenges with the season. Along with spring being rather wet, planting a tree at this time will mean that you are subjecting the new plant to the heat stress of summer, making this crucial growth time more challenging. Temperatures are cooler in the fall, but the soil temperatures tend to stay warmer, which is a good thing for the roots of a newly planted tree. Planting a tree in the fall means less stress on the tree, increasing the chance of survival.

Can All Trees Be Planted in the Fall?

The key to planting in the fall lies in the type of tree you want to plant. There are some species of trees that may not do as well when planted in the fall, such as magnolia, cherries, red maples and many oak species. You can often purchase trees at a good discount in the fall, so it may be worth the gamble. Personally, I have planted trees in early December and they have done just fine.

What Is the Fall Planting Process?

If you do plant a tree in the fall, it is a good idea to add about 3 inches of composted mulch around the base of the tree, making sure not to pile the mulch up on the bark at the base of the tree. Many people ask if they should wrap their tree after it is planted. The general answer is no, unless you live in an area that is prone to rabbit or vole activity during the winter and you have a good deal of snow each winter. If this is the case, then it could be a good idea to wrap the tree after it has been planted in the fall to protect the trunk. If you do wrap your tree, make sure to remove the wrap in the spring right away. The presence of that wrap can increase disease development and insect activity.

If you have been waiting to plant a tree, then this fall is a great time to do so. You can find some great deals at nurseries and garden centers right now. Just be sure you purchase a tree that will grow well in your area and choose a site that will fit the eventual size and shape of the tree.

In addition to planting trees, get your lawn and landscape ready for the winter by core aerating and overseeding, winterizing your sprinkler system, or taking advantage of one of our other services. Find your closest Spring-Green today!

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Spring-Green donates $10,000 to plant trees

Happy Earth Day! We here at Spring-Green Lawn Care continue to give back in ways that beautify our community and bring joy and happiness to our neighbors.

How does Spring-Green give back?

Since 2010, Spring-Green has been donating $10,000 to Arbor Day Foundation each year for the planting of trees, totaling over 50,000 trees planted. Since 2010, the donations were allocated by Arbor Day Foundation towards the planting of trees in forests across the country, such as Florence County State Forest, Pere Marquette State Forest, Shawnee National Forest, Michigan State Forest, and Douglas County Forest. This year, however, the donation to plant trees will be allotted to Arbor Day Foundation’s Community Tree Recovery Program.

What is the Community Tree Recovery Program?

The Community Tree Recovery Program plants trees in areas that have been affected by natural disasters in areas all over the country. Arbor Day Foundation accepts donations and volunteers that will be used when needed. Currently, there are several campaigns in the works, and each tree is planted with the goal of bringing beauty, healing, and hope to communities that have been affected by natural disasters. Trees are planted along streets, parks, and yards.

Why Arbor Day Foundation?

Spring-Green chose to begin working with Arbor Day Foundation in 2010 because of their love of the outdoors and for greener, healthier lawns – which cannot be accomplished without trees. This year, however, Spring-Green wanted their donation to be applied specifically for communities in need, and Arbor Day Foundation was happy to do so. Spring-Green has local franchises in several areas affected by natural disasters, such as the Texas wildfires, the High Park Fire in Colorado, Kentucky tornadoes, the East Coast affected by Superstorm Sandy, and more.

“With the support of Spring-Green Lawn Care, the Arbor Day Foundation is helping communities affected by natural disaster to replant trees and in turn bring hope and healing back to the people of these communities” said Dan Lambe, President of the Arbor Day Foundation.

You can read more about the Community Tree Recovery Program’s current campaigns and how to donate, on Arbor Day Foundation’s website.

Have questions about how Spring-Green Lawn Care can help beautify your own lawn and landscape? Contact your local Spring-Green Professional today.

What Do Trees Do? A Lot More Than You Think.

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Trees are an important element in our lives as human beings. If you go to Arbor Day Foundation’s website, you can find all sorts of information on the environmental and economic benefits that trees provide. Spring-Green has worked with with Arbor Day Foundation since 2010, donating to the effort of planting over 50,000 trees across the country. It is part of our commitment to improve the environment in which we work.

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The Many Benefits of Trees

Sometimes it’s easy to forget the benefits that trees provide us besides helping us to keep a little cooler in the hot summer months, but according to Arbor Day Foundation’s website, trees provide much more than just shade. A mature shade tree can increase the value of a home by as much as $10,000, and many relators have stated that mature trees can have a major impact on the their ability to sell a home.

“One acre of forest absorbs 6 tons of carbon dioxide and puts out 4 tons of oxygen. This is enough to meet the annual needs of 18 people.” – U.S. Department of Agriculture

Just like lawns, trees absorb carbon dioxide and give out an abundance of oxygen. According to Arbor Day Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, “One acre of forest absorbs 6 tons of carbon dioxide and puts out 4 tons of oxygen. This is enough to meet the annual needs of 18 people.” It goes without saying that without trees and lawns, we would not have much oxygen to breathe.

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What else do trees do?

Having a tree to shade your house can reduce your cooling costs every summer, especially when planted on the south or west side of your home – and each year the tree grows, your savings will increase. Trees will also reduce air pollution and serve as a wind breaker to help protect your home.

Trees in an urban environment do require more care than they do in their natural environment, but caring for trees creates jobs for many people. Tree trimming companies, arborists, tree care companies, landscapers, tree nurseries, and garden centers all employ people to work for them. Many major universities offer degrees in Ornamental Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, Forestry and Arboriculture. These same universities engage in research on tree care as well as pest control programs to protect trees from major pest infestations. Caring for trees is a big business!

Trees are not only pleasing to look at, they are a major influence on our health as well as our economy. Caring for trees can be a rewarding and fulfilling endeavor. To commemorate this year’s Arbor Day, do your part and plant a tree today.

Spring-Green Seeks Donations to Plant Trees in Honor of Arbor Day

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As a growing initiative to increase awareness for tree care programs across the country, Spring-Green Lawn Care has once again teamed up with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant trees around the community. For the fifth consecutive year, Spring-Green, an active supporter of Arbor Day, maintains their mission to plant a minimum of 10,000 trees a year.

Celebrating the holiday on April 25, Spring-Green remains committed to being environmentally responsible by enlisting the best practices in lawn and tree care while helping to create beautiful landscapes. “It’s a privilege to be involved with such an incredible organization as The Arbor Day Foundation,” said Ted Hofer, Spring-Green Lawn Care’s CEO. “Spring-Green truly believes in their mission and we will continue to do our part to replant our nation’s forests.”

Arbor Day was originated in Nebraska City, NE by Julius Sterling Morton, a Nebraska journalist and politician originally from Michigan. An estimated one million trees were planted in Nebraska on April 10, 1872. Today, the holiday that inspires people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees is celebrated in 34 countries worldwide.

To donate a tree for just $1, click here. Once you donate, trees will be planted by volunteers in areas that have been damaged by wildfire, insects or disease. Spring-Green will also be donating an additional tree for every new like received on Facebook.

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