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When Is The Best Time to Plant Trees and Shrubs?

Its the time of year to start thinking about planting trees and with the fall storms its probably time to check to make sure all your current trees are healthy.  I’ve been using Gunnison Tree Service lately and have found them to be fair priced, nice and responsive.  My contact is Andrew.  I just went to their website and found some good advice on their blog.

We all know that the landscape of your home has the potential to add not only great curb appeal, but also add significant value to your property. That being said, you must know the best time of year to plant these valuable items in order for them to flourish. There are many considerations that need to take place before beginning or adding to your landscape. Trees and scrubs require four essentials in order to grow to their full potential, those four requirements are water, sunlight, nutrients such as fertilizer, and room to grow and establish a root base. Below we will discuss the best timing according to climate to provide the most favorable conditions for your investment to thrive.

Let’s be honest, summer is one of the two seasons that fall into the category of “the absolute worst time to plant trees and shrubs”. Why is that? The simple answer is because the potential for high temperatures can be extremely detrimental to young trees. When trees are establishing their root base it is essential that they receive an abundance of water to nourish the growing plant. On the flip side, winter is the other season that is not favorable for planting trees and shrubs. This is due to the opposite reason of the possible freezing or chilly temperatures. No matter what the season, the premature tree or shrub will always need water to survive. Don’t be fooled by snow – While it is frozen water, the tree will not receive any of that moisture until the snow begins to melt.

The ideal time to plant a tree or shrub is in the seasons of either Spring or Fall. In the Spring, the buds are about the flourish and in the Fall, the trees are going dormant. It is the ideal time in terms of climate or temperature and a favorable time in regards to the soil. The soil is more accepting to retaining moisture which will aid in stimulating a positive root growth structure and will also allow for easier ground breaking in order to dig the hole to transport the plant. As an added bonus, the weather is much more enjoyable to be outdoors working in the yard!

As a bonus, let us offer a few additional tips or tricks of the trade, if you will, to help aid in the success and survival of your investment. It is advised that you plant your tree or scrub as soon as you purchase the plant. The nursery has maintained its job to grow and sustain the plant in the best conditions available and it’s up to you to transport that tree or plant with the utmost care (even handling can be detrimental to the plants survival if abused) and plant during favorable conditions.. When you are digging the hole to plant the tree or shrub, of course – immediately after its purchased, right? – dig the hole two to three times the width of the base of the tree and the same depth as the ball or root of the plant. Last tip, mulch, mulch, mulch! We love mulch once the tree or shrub is planted. Mulch allows the ground surrounding the new tree or shrub to stabilize the soil temperature as well as retain moisture from watering or rain.

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Whose responsibility when a tree falls?

A Neighbor's Tree Fell On My HouseHappy last day of school for almost everyone!  I now have a 2nd grader – hard to believe my baby is going into Second Grade next year.  Well he’s ready to begin summer right now!  He only has 2 hours today.

On the way to school this morning he saw this house that I’ve had listed on and off, its rented right now.  He had the mom call to let me know. I drove over as its around the corner from me and I took this picture and emailed it to my client who lives in New York.  My friend’s first comment was, “This will be complicated, as its the neighbors’ tree”.

I’ve had a lot of experience with trees and its actually pretty clear cut, if it falls on your property its your problem.  The neighbor is responsible for cutting down dead trees and you have the right to notify them in writing if there’s a dead tree that poses a risk to your property, but the only way you can get them to pay “legally” is to have proof that they were notified that there was a dead tree.  That part is difficult, it would need to be a certified letter or some sort of official notification.

I had a tree fall on my rental property a year or so ago and it didn’t hit the house but broke the fence in the rear of my property and cost me close to $1,000 to remove.  I put a friendly note in the neighbor’s mailbox to let them know and gave them a copy of the bill – nothing…

Legally they didn’t have to do anything as I didn’t know it was dead and hadn’t notified them of such.  Now I will say, its a common courtesy to help out in these situations, but there is not a legal responsibility.  I am not an attorney, so I will add a disclaimer that you should always contact your attorney or insurance company for your particular situation and this is all Georgia specific.  Also, its good to check your insurance policy, as my experience tells me that if it doesn’t land on the house its not usually in the policy for any kind of protection, so that $1,000 to remove was totally on me.

In the case of this house on Randall Farm, the insurance company will most likely cover the damage to the house, but not the tree removal.  Again, we all hope the neighbor realizes what happened and comes to the rescue.

Just wanted to let everyone know what I’ve learned from my experience.  If you’ve had success getting the tree owner to pay for your damage, please let me know and how.

Update: The neighbor did take responsibility and the tree is already removed, an example of common courtesy! When you have a good relationship with your neighbor they usually do take responsibility for their trees. My clients’ insurance will need to cover the damage to the house.  

Update July 11th, 2012 I had a tree fall in my personal property yard from my uphill neighbor on Paces Lake and much to my disappointment they weren’t as nice as the neighbor above.  They feel its an act of God and not their responsibility.  Just my luck I’d have the one neighbor in Vinings that would feel that way!  I have learned thru this process from talking to 3 different tree companies, that 99% of people take responsibility for their trees if they fall.  I can’t believe I’m dealing with the 1%!

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