Arbor Day Advice for Planting Trees and Shrubs

Whether or not you know it, trees provide a valuable service to your family, your community and the earth. Arbor Day is just a reminder of their contribution.

Consider that:

  • Healthy trees provide a cooling effect, the same as 10 portable A/Cs running 20 hours a day.
  • A vibrant tree planted on the west side of your property results in a 12 percent utility bill savings over 15 years.
  • Mature trees dotting your landscape increases the value of your home – by some estimates, as much as 20 percent.
  • A single acre of trees releases 4 tons of oxygen, while absorbing 6 tons of carbon dioxide.
  • Strategically planting trees around homes and commercial buildings reduces A/C needs by 30 percent and lowers heating energy consumption by as much as 50 percent.

It turns out, trees play a significant role in helping you save energy and money, encouraging the conservation of natural resources, and assisting the environment.

Use a natural, organic product like Sweet Peet when planting trees and shrubs around your property. Here’s what you should do:

  1. Dig a hole. It should be roughly twice the size of the root of the tree you will plant in the area.
  2. Use the soil from the hole that you’ve dug and enrich it using this ratio: 20 percent Sweet Peet and 80 percent soil.
  3. Place the tree root into the hole.
  4. Fill the hole with the mixture of Sweet Peet/soil, evenly distributing it around the root ball.
  5. Water the tree.
  6. Prevent air pockets by firmly tamping around the tree.

Pro tip: If your property’s drainage capacity is poor, add coarse sand to the mixture. This will help promote new-root growth and enhance drainage. Some shrubs and trees will prefer a more acidic soil. If the landscaping you’ve chosen needs acidic properties, make sure to add some aluminum sulfate or muracid to the soil.

If you’re not confident in your tree- or shrub-planting abilities, check with your local garden center guru for recommendations on the trees and/or shrubs you’re going to plant to maximize your investment.

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