SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Trees can add up to 15 percent to the value of your home if they are well-maintained, 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 says, “Sometimes, people make the mistake of planting them too close to their driveway or to their home, which could cause their driveway to buckle or their foundation to crack.”
Once you have found the ideal location, nursery owner Jeff Gatewood says it’s time to select a healthy tree. He adds, “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.”
Gatewood says 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. A tiny bit above won’t hurt, but an inch or two deep can hurt the tree.
Gatewood adds, “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.”
Once you’ve scouted a location, schedule an underground utility inspection. The service is available nationwide at no cost to the homeowner. Otherwise, you risk digging through a utility line, potentially knocking out power to your neighborhood.