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    SPOTLIGHT: Joseph McIlvaine Tree and Lawn Service

    As the temperatures become cooler, fall planting season is upon us. There are various conditions to consider when planting a tree.

    The site you choose will dictate what type of tree can be planted and how long and prosperous that species will be.

    The first condition is site restrictions. Are there utility lines underground, or overhead?

    If they are underground, it is beneficial to move the tree to avoid conflicts. If the lines are overhead, then we can select a tree that will not grow as tall and avoid this conflict.

    Once the area is selected, we can move to how much water the ground has.

    If you would like to plant in a wet area, we can select water loving trees that will survive and flourish. If the wrong species is selected, the water can drown the root system.

    The last condition we consider is aesthetics and function. Do you want flowers, colors, shade, or privacy?

    Once all these factors are considered we can narrow down the tree species.

    After the tree is selected, on-site proper planting insures longevity. Removal of any girdling roots, burlap and wire baskets.

    After the tree is planted you may notice some slow growth the first season.

    This is most likely transplant shock. The tree lost some of its root system when it was removed from the nursery.

    Do not fertilize at this point. We want the root system to grow into the site and establish a base.

    After a year and the tree is sturdy, you can remove any staking that was in place to hold the tree straight.

    For an on-site consult prior to planting, call Joseph McIlvaine Tree and Lawn Service at 215-322-8394.

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