Giroud Arborists Recommend Inspecting Trees Before Spring Planting

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With spring on the way, homeowners are eager to get plants in the ground that will produce summer blooms. But to select the plants that are best suited for the landscape and the Delaware Valley climate, homeowners should consider consulting their arborist. An arborist will check the homeowner's trees to ensure that they're healthy, pest-free, and undamaged by the rigors of winter, make recommendations on new tree plantings, and can prune existing trees to allow in more sunlight and give gardners more plant choices, says ISA-certified arborist Lou Giroud, President of Giroud Tree Service. For more information, please see the complete release.

With spring on the way, homeowners everywhere are browsing seed catalogues and visiting landscaping websites, eager to get plants into the ground for summer flowering. But, says ISA-certified arborist Lou Giroud, President of Giroud Tree Service, "Falling in love with a new cultivar or a particular landscape design can be a disaster if the plants can't happily coexist with your trees. Trees, particularly mature shade trees have an enormous impact on flowers or other types of understory plants as well as on the yard itself."

Before you select your spring plants, says Giroud, have your trees checked to ensure that they're healthy, pest-free, and undamaged by the rigors of winter. "If work needs to be done, or if a tree must be removed for safety reasons, it's best to do it before planting expensive new beds that could be affected by falling branches."

In addition, many plants just don't get along with mature trees and the shade they create. Your Arborist can determine whether a tree will produce dark, medium or light shade. Very few plants can tolerate dark shade, so a homeowner's money might be better spent on other landscaping solutions. In the case of medium shade, professional pruning can allow in enough sunlight to give the gardener more plant choices.

There are still other considerations, says Giroud, and a Certified Arborist can provide invaluable advice on dealing with them. "For example, some trees have roots close to the surface that use up more of the soil's moisture and nutrients, making it difficult for new plants to compete."

"And if your landscape design includes planting a new tree," Giroud says, "it's crucial to do some homework before you buy it." To choose the right tree, have your Arborist evaluate where it will grow, including the amount of sunlight, soil and drainage conditions, and growing space. Armed with these facts, you're ready to visit the nursery to select a tree that's perfectly suited to your landscape. After planting, be sure to start it off right by keeping the soil moist, but not wet, through the first year, injecting fertilizer specially formulated for young trees and having your Arborist inspect it regularly to maintain good health.

To learn more about spring planting, visit Giroud Tree Service's website at: http://www.giroudtree.com/seasonal.htm.

About Giroud Tree Service
Giroud Tree Service has been dedicated to keeping trees healthy and customers happy since 1974. Serving Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties, the company specializes in property inspections, diagnosis and testing, tree and shrub care, insect and disease control, tick control, deer repellent, brush clearing, fertilizing, and tree and stump removal. Giroud arborists are certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and have the knowledge and experience required to successfully diagnose, treat and maintain the health of your trees. The company was awarded Angie's Super Service Award® in 2005, 2006 and 2007, as well as the Consumers' CHECKBOOK top rating for quality. The "Giroud Tree work for Charity" program donates free tree care services to parks, historical sites and other non-profit organizations located in the Company's service area. For more information, visit their website at http://www.giroudtree.com or call them at 215-682-7704.

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