Trees are often an afterthought when homeowners are tasked with assigning value to the features of their property. Mature trees, unlike pools and patios, are assets that can not just be installed over the course of a weekend. For this reason, large healthy trees are often considered a commodity when buyer’s are looking for a new home. They provide privacy, shade, and if properly cared for can increase the curb value of a home.
While mature trees obviously can appear out thin air, planting new trees is a popular alternative. Trees can be purchased from a local tree farm or nursery and you will be able to choose for a wide variety of trees. We recommend getting suggestions from an arborist or landscape professional when choosing your tree. You will want to select a tree that will complement the other shrubs and plants throughout your property.
Many times, the selection of trees available to you will depending on which state you are situated in. Palm trees can’t survive Indiana because of the cold winters but they thrive in Florida. Likewise, trees that are native to the northern climates will not fair well in southern climates because of the heat and soil conditions.
According to the tree service professionals at Jacksonville Tree Removal Experts, Palms tree need optimal soil composition and the correct quantity of water in order to grow healthy and disease free. To homeowners in the Jacksonville area, they recommend paying attention to soil and water conditions first and foremost.
If you recently had a tree removed and you are planting a palm tree in it’s place, make sure you dig your hole wide enough to allow of roots to grow properly. Depending on the existing soil, you may want to dig an even bigger hole and replace the soil with a mix that is light and will drain easily. Sandy loam, a common sand based soil, is a preferable selection in these situations. Compacted soil causes problems because the trees can not absorb oxygen from the soil. If effect, it suffocates the roots and will severely hinder the growth process of your tree. Remember, trees should be considered an asset. So doing things correctly the first time is an important step to getting maximum value from your investment. You can also choose to add additional amendments to the soil to make it a more hospitable environment for your newly planted tree. Amendments such as peat moss and water retaining crystals will create a new nutrient and water abundant soil mixture that will increase the likeliness of a healthy tree.
How often you water your palm tree depends on what stage of growth it is currently in. If the palm tree is established, meaning it was planted over 6 months ago, it will require less water than a newly planted tree. Newly planted palms should be watered twice every 7 days. Once the tree has passed the 180 day mark, you can cut down watering to a bi-monthly schedule.
Growing a healthy palm tree is not a complicated process and can add significantly to your property’s curb appeal and market value if done correctly. If you are considering add a palm tree or any other tree to your property, we recommend reaching out to your local tree company to get advice from an experienced professional.