Thursday, November 20, 2008

Plant Native Trees

The fall seems more like a time for harvesting than for planting, but before the frost hits or the leaves drop is the perfect time to put in trees native to your area. The summer heat, which puts stress on newly planted trees, is over, and the cold isn't yet a threat.

The benefits of going native extend beyond the beauty of the trees themselves: there's also their cooling shade, and the boost they give to native insects, such as caterpillars, which in turn support indigenous birds and animals. Non-native plants, on the other hand, often bring pests that proliferate because they have no natural predators.

If you end up delaying, plant in spring after the last frost. (For that matter, burlap-sacked trees with a good root ball can go in at any time of the year.) However, it's always advisable to talk with a licensed arborist in your area. Read the entire article.

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