Fall has so much beauty that a walk in the neighborhood is a joy. It is also a great time to plant trees. If you are inspired to choose a new tree, you are in luck.
For the maples, find a spot with some dappled shade. They do not enjoy hot spots
Liriodendron needs lots of room and protection from wind.
“Grace,” like other smoke trees, wants a warm spot and does not need shade.
Remember that new trees like a large hole where you have added compost. They will benefit from a mulch of wood chips or bark. Keep any mulch 2 to 3 inches from the trunk.
Good tree-planting time continues through October and into the first part of November before frosts hit. Enjoyment of a beautiful tree will continue for many years.
— By Barbara Chase
Barbara Chase is a Master Gardener who serves on the City of Edmonds Citizens Tree Board.
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