If you’re considering planting a tree, the best resource we’ve seen is www.arborday.org, the website of the Arbor Day Foundation. You’ll learn everything you want to know about planting trees and can use their online guide to identify trees to plant on your property.
When you plant a tree, you’ll enjoy the tree for years to come as it grows and thrives providing a shady spot in the warm months; and in the winter months when its bare branches allow the sunlight to shine through. It’s a long-term investment in your property you’ll enjoy nurturing and watching grow.
To plant a 2-inch caliper maple tree that’s approximately 9 feet high, a landscape contractor or tree service charges $407, which includes labor and material. A homeowner can buy the tree for $300, plant it and save 26%. If you don’t have a vehicle to transport it, you may have to pay more for delivery.
You’ll get good advice on the type of tree to plant from a local gardening center, so tap into their expertise when you’re shopping. To help visualize how the tree will look on your property, make a scaled drawing of your yard and note any existing trees and what surrounds them. Don’t plant a new tree too near the growing zone of existing trees, where it would be under their shadow or too close to the house, property line or under overhead cables.
To prevent hitting any underground cables or pipes, call your local utility company and ask for someone to mark any underground utility lines in your yard. You may live where the Miss Utility program promotes a “call before you dig” program, to advise you.
To find more DIY project costs and to post comments and questions, visit www.diyornot.com.
Pro Cost — DIY Cost — Pro time — DIY Time — DIY Savings — Percent Saved
$407 — $300 — 3.3 — 6.0 — $107 — 26%
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