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Add Dollars and Beauty to Your Yard by Planting Trees

Research has shown that adding trees, shrubs, flowers, patios, retaining walls, fountains, and paths to your yard can increase the home's value by up to 20 percent! When properly selected and placed, trees can provide energy savings costs above and beyond this increased value.

Fall is the perfect opportunity to enhance the value and attractiveness of your yard by planting trees. The Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association (MNLA) encourages homeowners to consult the experts at local nurseries or garden centers for a tree that is best suited for your needs.

Once you have purchased the appropriate tree, plant in an area that benefits both you and your new tree. Planting too close to the home can cause the tree to become a nuisance and a hazard. Trees will be short-lived if planted in cramped holes that are backfilled with unprepared soil.

Dig a hole wide enough to allow for root growth, and prepare the soil by thoroughly breaking it up to a depth of at least 10 inches. Once planted, mulch around the tree to retain soil moisture. Two to three inches of mulch formed into a saucer around the tree trunk— not piled up against the trunk—is a sufficient amount.

A new tree should receive a thorough weekly watering. To check soil moisture around the tree, pull back the mulch and put your fingers into the soil. If the soil is dry, add water; if the soil is wet, check again in a couple of days. As winter sets in, cover the trunk of young trees with a tree wrap to prevent animal damage and sunscald during the dormant months.

In addition to valuable advice from plant and landscaping experts, Minnesota's garden centers offer a wide array of tree species, including native varieties and many other types developed to be hardy in northern climates. To locate a garden center near you, an interactive “Locate an Expert” feature is available online at www.GardenMinnesota.com

To find a garden center or landscape professional in your area, visit Minnesota's on-line gardening resource, GardenMinnesota.com.

The Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association is the state's largest green industry trade association with more than 1,500 member businesses including garden centers; landscape contractors and designers; tree and flower growers; irrigation contractors; and lawn, tree, and garden services.

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