Everyone would like to add value to their home. As summer winds down and autumn prepares to enter the Midwest, it is also the perfect time to plant trees. Adding trees to your property will increase your home value by providing shaded areas and greenery to your landscaping. They not only improve the visual aspect of your property, trees can also grow to provide shade to your house to lower your cooling bills during the summer months. To get a jump on the growing process, give your trees the best start by planting them at the right time.
The Brookings area is located in Zone 4 of the United States Department of Agriculture's Plant Hardiness Zone Map. This map is generally used to determine ideal locations for certain plants and trees. It is based on the average temperature during winter for locations across the United States. Lucky us, we come in at -25 to -20 degrees Fahrenheit for our annual minimum winter temp.
What does this have to do with planting trees? The map tells us the best time to plant trees in Zone 4 is late summer and early autumn. This time of year gives trees the best chance to establish roots before the following summer brings the heat and possible drought conditions that can wear on their roots, branches and leaves.
If you want to get a few trees on your property to increase your real estate value, now's the time to take action. Call your utility company before you dig. Pick the ideal location for your new addition. And put in the work of planting your tree. You'll see the fruits of your labor next summer when your outside enjoying the nice weather with your family.