Q. Is there anything special that I need to do before planting a tree?
A. A very important first step before planting a tree is to select the right tree for your location. In order to ensure a healthy tree, many factors need to be taken into consideration such as light, soil, pH, pruning requirements, maintenance, and size.
When determining a good location to plant a tree and prior to digging the hole, call JULIE, Inc. (Joint Utility Locating Information for Excavators). JULIE is a not-for-profit corporation that provides information to both professional excavators and homeowners on the precise location of all underground utility lines, such as water, gas, cable, television, electric, sewer and drain lines. These color-coded flagged areas can then be utilized to determine proper locations for trees, shrubs and other landscaping construction.