Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Live Oak Trees Improve Home Values

By Jimmy Gray

With today's ever-changing economy, many families are choosing to stay at home with their family rather of taking expensive vacations. Wisely, they are spending more money on their home, to enhance their living surroundings and create more benefits for their investment. The new word is "staycations". Families are fashioning improvements to their home and landscape gardening in order to maximise their staycation enjoyment.

According to a 1998 University of Florida study, landscape gardening plays a large role in the resale of property. The account states that homes with mature trees and added landscaping color sold quicker. A report by The Associated Landscape gardening Contractors of America states, that a beautifully landscaped yard with mature trees will generate a Hundred to two hundred percent return on investment. In the South, when people think of mature trees they commonly think of cascading Live Oak trees, dripping with moss, in parks and lining city streets.

If you are a homeowner in the southern United States considering adding mature trees to heighten your property, you?re likely thinking about live oaks. Now you must consider which size of live oak; how to distinguish high calibre live oaks; and where to make your purchase and how to care for the trees you choose.

Southern Pride Tree Farm situated in Bell Florida, specializes in large high caliber Live Oaks. Since 1990 Southern Pride has worked with homeowners, landscapers, developers and cities to recognise and select high calibre trees. Their website emphasizes the importance of proper transportation and gives first-class advice about planting and care.

All Southern Pride trees are field grown which establish in the landscape quicker compared to container grown trees: Southern Pride Tree Farm does not rush the development of their trees; root pruning allows for strong, solid root systems and curing or hardening off means that the trees are dug in winter months while dormant and show new root growth before sending to a customer. Above the ground, proper pruning of trees during the early growing stages is a priority to remove weak branches so the mature branches as the tree grows are the strongest branches of the tree. These are a few significant considerations when choosing where you will buy your Live Oak trees.

Southern Pride Tree Farm grows three varieties of Live Oak trees, each with very distinct characteristics: The Highrise live oak tree is the perfect alternative when space is limited; The Cathedral live Oak is more of a dense shade tree and frequently utilized for privacy; and, The Standard live oak is perfect for the natural southern landscape with tall or sprawling landscape garden designs.

Unique for a wholesale tree nursery, Southern Pride also sells to individuals. For years Southern Pride Tree Farm has offered the same wholesale pricing to homeowners that landscapers, developers and cities receive when buying trees and greater discounts for bigger quantities. Whether you are a homeowner looking for one focal tree or multiple trees to line your property, Southern Pride Tree Farm will hand pick your tree, or trees, send you pictures prior to purchasing, and make arrangements for shipping. In addition, they always provide installation and care instructions.

The oldest known southern live Oak tree in the United States is in a park outside of Charleston South Carolina and estimated to be over 1,400 years old.

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