Fall is an Ideal Time to Plant a New Tree and Giroud Tree and Lawn Shares the Best Steps Homeowners can Take Now to Add Beauty and Value to a Property

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Now is a great time for homeowners to think about planting a new tree. The experts at Giroud Tree and Lawn share why a tree planted in the fall will thrive better through next summer and how to choose the best tree for the property.

Newly planted Leyland Cypress Trees Giroud

Newly planted Leyland Cypresses

Trees planted in fall have more time to establish a growing root system before the hot, dry weather next summer

As summer winds down and the seasons shift to fall, it may be tempting for homeowners to stop thinking about the outside of the property. However, Fall is actually a great time to plant a new tree! With the bulk of gardening and lawn maintenance done, homeowners can reassess the property and consider how planting a new tree will add value and beauty to the yard.

Why Fall is an Ideal Time to Plant a New Tree

"Trees planted in fall have more time to establish a growing root system before the hot, dry weather next summer," explains Giroud ISA Certified Arborist, Erik Rodgers. "With the cooler temperatures, fall is not a stressful season for a new planting, and a new tree will be better able to tolerate conditions like a drought next year."

However, if homeowners want a new tree to thrive and live a long life, they need to sure the tree will love the place it its planted.

Here's how a reputable tree planting service can help homeowners transform the landscape:
Decide What the Landscape Needs: There are many reasons to plant new trees or shrubs. An ISA Certified Arborist should talk to the homeowner about what the goals are and help pick the best location. For example, many homeowners want to:
-Replace a tree that has died or outgrown its current location and requires tree removal.
-Reparing Storm Damge (see the video of how Giroud Tree and Lawn revamped a property that had suffered massive winter storm damage).
-Build a privacy screen or sound barrier.
-Provide shade for a patio, porch or other area.
-Add color with a tree that flowers or changes color with the seasons.
-Create a focal point with a plant that has unusual branch formation, interesting bark or other characteristic.

Select the best plants for the location: Once homeowners decide where to plant, the Arborist can help the homeonwer select the best plant for that special spot. It is extremely important to consider:
Space: How much room does the tree have to grow in height and spread? The tree's growth habit should match the space available.
Location: Is area sunny, shady or open to the wind and other weather?
Soil conditions: What type of soil will the tree grow in: loose, wet, rocky or compact?
Proximity to Other Structures: Will the tree be near a patio, walkway, other plantings or a window?

Give it a strong start: Whatever tree the homeowner chooses, give it good care from the start.
Water: Keep the soil moist, but not wet, through the first year.
Fertilize: Have an ISA Certified Arborist inject fertilizer treatment that's specially formulated to help young trees get established.
Pruning: To develop good branch structure, it's important to have an ISA Certified Arborist prune the young tree every one to three years.
Check its progress: Have the Arborist monitor the tree annually to ensure it maintains good health.
Why should homeowners hire an ISA Certified Arborist to plant a new tree?

Location, species of tree, and how the new tree will balance the landscape are all important items to consider when planting a new tree. A qualified arborist will do a full evaluation of the entire property before recommending the best tree for the location. The arborist will explain the pros and cons of the various types of trees under consideration. The arborist will also consider the entire life of the tree and how it will affect and enhance the property for years to come.

Things to ask before choosing a tree service company to plant a new tree:

Is the Arborist ISA Certified?
Has the Arborist performed a tree planting with this particular type of tree?
Does the Arborist have recommendations from other satisfied customers for whom the arborist has provided tree care services?
What are the professional credentials of the crew who will be on site for the tree planting?

About Giroud Tree and Lawn
Giroud Tree and Lawn specializes in tree service, lawn care and mosquito and tick control programs that make customers love doing business with the company since 1974. Serving Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties, the company offers professional tree and lawn evaluation, tree pruning, tree removal, insect and disease control, fertilizing, stump removal, traditional and 100% organic lawn programs and mosquito and tick control. Giroud Arborists are certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and have the knowledge and experience required to properly diagnose, treat and maintain trees and lawn health. The company is Accredited by the Tree Care Industry Association and Better Business Bureau. Giroud has also been awarded the Angie's List Super Service Award® every year since 2005. The “Giroud Treework 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 the company website at http://www.giroudtree.com or call 215-682-7704.

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