Experts: January and February are best months to plant trees locally

Published: Monday, January 21, 2013 at 05:48 PM.

No weed killer

Finally, the experts advised never applying weed killer on grass within a tree’s root zone, the distance from the trunk equal to the tree branches’ spread. Such herbicides filter through the soil and attack a plant’s roots.

“Every year we get calls from someone who has killed his tree,” Williams said. “These products (weed killers) have no means of distinguishing a dandelion from the azaleas. You might as well say ‘bye-bye’ to the tree.”

“If you take the time to plant your tree right, the payoff is a tree that establishes itself,” Williams said. “It’ll do better and last longer.”

Contact News Bulletin Staff Writer Brian Hughes at 850-682-6524 or Follow him on Twitter @cnbBrian.

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