Project Green: Tree planting and pruning tips

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Posted on September 7, 2009 at 3:53 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 22 at 6:06 PM

(WHAS11) - It's just about to be the best time of year to start planting new trees in your yard, but some people may be a little afraid of planting near our homes after suffering so much tree damage from the wind and ice storms.

In this week's Project Green Report, we have some good tree planting and pruning tips from the experts on how to protect your home now, and in the future.

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Horticulturist Donna Michaels shared with WHAS11's Ben Pine that you shouldn't shy away from planting trees in your yard after the events of last year's storms. If anything should be taken away from the storms, it's the lessons of proper care for your trees.

"I think we're going to learn this lesson if nothing else, from this last year's storms that we have to be good stewards to our trees. That we have to look at giving and providing water when we're in drought situations. Fertilizing is important in the first few years of growth," said Michaels.

When you decide it's time, it's wise to plant the slow growing hardwoods, but if you're looking for an immediate shady satisfaction from a growing tree, Michaels has a suggestion for you.?

Michaels says, "Bradford pears, aristocrat pears, all of them could have a place if we learned how to prune them. We want people to not have fear of planting trees, just making wise decisions. And if they decide that is the tree they want to select, then they just have to do a little more work to keep it well-lived."

Donna also gave her "5 P's" for planting this fall. Proper planning prevents poor planting.? And if you need more advice she says don't be too shy to ask the professionals.?

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