October 2018

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Nothing says fall like beautiful autumn leaves.  You don’t have to go all the way up north to see the bright foliage.  Here’s a few of the best trees to bring in the fall.

  1. Gingko.  Gingkos produce gorgeous yellow leaves in the fall.  Gingko trees can grow up to 80 feet and have an umbrella shape.  
  2. Smokebush.  Smokebush, or smoketrees, can be grown into a full tree, or shortened to a bush.  The tree produces yellow flowers in the summer. When they fade, they produce pinkish purplish hairs that look like smoke.  The leaves turn orange, yellow, or red.
  3. Katsura Tree.  Katsura trees are wonderful shade trees in the summer, and then their leaves turn a pinkish yellow in the fall.  They can grow to be up to 60 feet tall.
  4. Witch Hazel.  Witch hazel is a tree with beautiful yellow flowers.  The leaves turn yellow in the fall.
  5. Pomegranate.  The fruit of the pomegranate is beautiful with its pink skin, and the leaves of this tree turn a bright yellow.  
  6. Maple.  Maple trees are synonymous with fall leaves.  These leaves turn all shades of red, orange, and yellow.  Maple trees can grow to be up to 75 feet tall.
  7. Redbud.  Redbud is a small tree, and its leaves turn yellow in the fall.  Some varieties turn reddish-purple.
  8. Liquidambar.  Liquidambar trees can grow up to 100 feet tall.  The leaves turn orange, yellow, scarlet, and purple.  
  9. Flowering cherry.  Flowering cherry is a tree that has beautiful blossoms in the spring, and lovely leaves in the fall that turn yellow, red, and orange.

If you are considering planting one of these trees in your yard, be sure that you have a large property.  A lot of these trees have expansive root system and they can cause damage to existing structures, such as driveways and foundations.  The best way to look at these trees is to take a leisurely drive.

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If you’ve ever planted a tree, then you know how important it is to know what’s under the ground before you start digging. Thankfully, there’s a number you can call to find out if your planting spot is a good one.

811 is the number to dial to find out if you can dig a hole deep enough to plant a tree.  It’s a federally designated number to inform the public of underground lines. You can also find out this information by going to Call811.com.  The information is free and is for public safety.

Places in the United States have become more and more crowded, and with construction being done all the time, it’s never been more important to check the ground for utility lines before digging.  Damage to these lines can cause serious damage to the environment, not to mention the financial penalties for destroying these lines. It’s extremely dangerous to dig without knowing what’s below, and hitting a line could cause injury or even death.

Here are the steps to take before you start digging.

  1. Plan it out.  Figure out exactly where you want to start digging and mark it off with white lines or flags.  Have all the details of the dig, such as who will be doing the digging, etc., before you call 811.
  2. Call 811.  Dialing 811 will connect you with the information about where to dig, and to put in a request to dig.
  3. Wait for marks.  After filing the request, wait for two to three business days for someone to come out and mark the different utility lines.
  4. Double check the marks.  It may be important for more than one expert to come out and check the marks.  Compare the marks to the list you were initially given when you first called to make sure they line up.  
  5. Dig carefully!  Once everything checks out, you’re set to dig, but use caution!  Be sure you know the root expansion expectation before you plant any tree to be sure it won’t cause future damage to any utility lines or foundations.

Planting a tree is is a wonderful thing to do for our environment, but it’s very important to call before you dig.