You can add beauty and value to your property by planting a nice tree. And you can do it yourself!
In an earlier post I mentioned the old saying that you should plant a $10 tree in a $100 hole.
Unfortunately it’s almost impossible to find a decent tree at that price. You could easily pay $350 for a tree that’s six to eight feet tall. If you buy one that is shorter, it will be cheaper and possibly do better than the taller tree. It might be able to adjust to your yard more easily than an older tree.
No matter what you paid for the tree you don’t want your investment to be a loss. So learn the way to help it do well.
By doing it yourself you’ll save money, but be prepared to spend some time on this project. Depending on the size of the tree, it could take 2-5 hours of work on your part. I recommend enlisting a friend or family member to the project. Not only will the job go faster, but you’ll have someone to help you place the tree in a good position. Kind of like putting up a Christmas tree; you don’t want it to end up slanting to one side.
Fall is a great time to plant a tree, but it can work in spring too. Set aside a weekend day for this and follow it up with pizza and beer!
Even though this is a big project, you’ll reap the rewards many times over. And sit in the shade of your beautiful tree as you watch your investment grow!
Bonus: if you plant it where it will shade your house during the hottest part of the day, it could shave 50% off your air conditioning bills. Now that’s worth doing!
Click here for a great video on how to plant a tree at Instructables. They have other “ibles” on the subject there if you want more information. Just use their search box and type in “how to plant a tree.”