Planting a tree is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to increase the value of a property. It’s a sure way to improve the curb appeal of just about any LA-area home. A tree purchased for a few dollars at a local nursery has the potential to add thousands of dollars to the value of your property – provided it’s planted and cared for correctly.
Trees are like any other investment you make in your home. How well that investment pays off depends on five factors:
What Types of Trees You Plant
Looks are important, but you also need to choose trees that do well in the warm, drought-prone climate of Southern California. Don’t worry – this still leaves you with hundreds of species to choose from.
When Your Trees are Planted
LA is an area where trees grow year-round, so anytime is a good time to plant a tree, as long as adequate water is available.
Where Your Trees are Planted
Where your trees are planted may be the biggest decision of the whole process. Trees need to be planted in areas that have the proper soil and drainage as well as exposure to the required amount of shade or sun.
Roots are another consideration. Planting a tree with an extensive root system like an oak too close to your house could result in damage to your pipes, foundation, driveway, and sidewalks.
How the Trees are Planted and Cared For
How your trees are planted will have a big impact on their growth. A hole should be 2 to 3 times wider than the tree’s rootball and should be planted only as deep as the rootball. Before you fill in the hole, you need to ensure the tree is standing straight. The hole needs to be filled gently, but firmly. Staking may be necessary until the tree is fully established. Add mulch to the base of the tree to reduce moisture loss and prevent decay.
How your trees are cared for is important as well. For one, your trees have to be adequately watered. Annual pruning and trimming are usually recommended to keep a tree in prime condition. In addition, the trunks of several species of palm trees require periodic skinning and trimming to keep them looking and growing their best.
Who Plants Your Trees
There’s a lot more to planting a tree than just digging a hole in your yard. Like a lot of home improvement projects, to get the best results you need to hire professionals with the experience, training, and equipment to do the job right. Who plants your trees could be the most important factor in how well your investment pays off.
Gutierrez & Sons Tree Service and Landscaping have been providing professional tree planting services to LA area homeowners for more than 25 years. We’re the experts people call when they need help choosing, planting, and caring for their valuable trees.
You can reach the LA tree planting professionals at Gutierrez & Sons Tree Service and Landscaping through our website, or call us at (310) 324-6593 to learn more about our tree care services.