LIMA – Fall is a great time to plant new trees, and businesses and Lima residents considering doing so may be eligible for a 50% discount on their tree purchases.
One of the most important decisions a homeowner can make is whether to plant a tree, says Casey Heilman, deputy district administrator at the Allen Soil and Water Conservation District. When properly maintained, trees can increase property values, reduce energy costs, reduce stormwater runoff, and provide habitat for native wildlife.
The time to plant these trees, according to Heilman, is now.
In the fall, as precipitation increases and the temperature drops, the soil continues to stay warm. This helps the roots of a newly planted tree to become established, making it easier for it to adapt to possible extreme heat and drought during the summer, he said.
A common misconception is that young trees cannot endure winter. This is not the case, said Heilman. He said it’s generally safe to plant a new tree until the ground freezes over. Once the ground freezes, trees tend to go into a state of dormancy. This slows down the tree’s growth rate and energy consumption. Once in this state, the tree should not need any additional care until spring.
Residents or businesses in the city of Lima who plan to plant a tree this fall may be eligible for a 50% discount on the cost of purchasing and planting up to two trees in a calendar year. .
To participate, owners should call 419-222-0846 or email Heilman at [email protected] so that a tree consultation can be arranged prior to purchasing a tree. The rebate program runs until November 30 and is funded by the city’s stormwater utility. The discounts are distributed on a first come, first served basis.
For more information, visit allenswcd.com or allenswcd.com/city-of-lima-tree-rebate-program.html to view the 2021 Lima City Tree Discount Guide.
Fall is a great time to plant new trees, and businesses and Lima residents considering doing so may be eligible for a 50% discount on their tree purchases.