Angie's List Report: Fall a Good Time to Plant Trees - WBAY

Angie's List Report: Fall a Good Time to Plant Trees

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You might think it's too late in the growing season, but experts say fall is a great time of year to plant trees.

The experts at Angie's List have some tips on choosing the right kind of tree for your yard.

They say it's best to plant in the dormant season--either in the fall after the leaves drop, or in the early spring.

"But when planning and planting, you need to be sure you're accounting for what they will be like when they are full grown," says Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List. "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."

Angie's List says if you're unsure about doing the job yourself, make sure to talk to an arborist or nursery owner.

They'll help you avoid previous mistakes other people have made.

"You'll see these big cones of mulch piled up along the trees and that is really bad for the tree, because what happens is where the bark and the mulch, the mulch is up around the bark, it stays moist, it brings insects in and causes rot," says Jeff Gatewood, Nursery Owner. "It's very bad for the tree to do that. The mulch should never come in contact with the trunk."

Angie's List also says before you plant, you should call 811 to get a utility inspection to find out where underground lines are in your area.

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