Celebrate Arbor Day the Texas way
Do you know that National Arbor Day is the last Friday in April? But wait! The state of Texas has its own Arbor Day in Texas in a different month than you may expect — November.
While designated Arbor Days can vary from state to state, many garden centers and residents still celebrate Arbor Day in April. What seems to be universal (especially this year) is the desire for the end of winter, for the start of spring, and for new growth.
One way to look ahead to spring is to plant a tree or shrub, though exactly when to plant may vary as much as the month of state Arbor Day celebrations. According to TCNP (Texas Certified Nursery Professional) Rusty E. Allen of North Haven Gardens in Dallas, tree planting is usually best done during winter months, particularly in January and February. Then, tree roots of deciduous trees are more asleep and conducive to planting.
Plan, budget, prep, and call Texas811
Some residents do well with planting trees in the late winter/early spring, but before our Texas weather becomes extremely hot.
Another option would be to simply enjoy your surroundings and take notes this spring, summer and fall on how various trees look during those seasons and plan what is feasible for your desires and budget. Because trees are long-lasting, taking some thoughtful time to create a good summer yard plan could provide an excellent long-term payoff for your enjoyment and budget.
Consider simply driving around your neighborhood and noticing various trees, visiting the Dallas Arboretum or consulting with a knowledgeable professional at a local garden center. But once you’ve purchased your tree(s) of choice, be sure to call Texas811 before you dig!
How much notice is needed before digging, and why?
The call is free. Notify Texas811 with at least 48 hours’ notice (two days) prior to digging.
It’s all about damage prevention. When the locations of underground utilities are marked, you’ll be able to avoid them when digging. That means that you won’t be inconvenienced by an interruption in everyday services, you won’t risk disrupting neighborhood lines and you won”t risk harming yourself or others. After you call, Texas811 professionals will notify most underground utility providers, who will dispatch expert locators to mark the approximate location of utility lines. Plus, it’s the law!