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Planting a tree is a beautiful way to remember a loved one who‘s passed away. Indeed, a tree can serve as a living memorial and a meaningful tribute long after the funeral. However, there are several things you’ll need to know. Here are some tips to keep in mind.

Research national and local programs Several organizations and programs will plant a memorial tree for you. For a donation, these groups will provide the tree, planting services and will include a commemorative plaque. For example, the City of Edmonton has a commemorative tree program. The City offers a variety of trees for planting in public parks and green spaces. An $1,800 donation gets you the tree, an inscribed bronze plaque, granite pedestal and tree maintenance. Keep in mind, you’ll be limited to the available tree species and the possible locations. So if you want more control of your tree planting, these programs may not be right for you. Select a location Besides public parks and green spaces, there are other public venues where you can plant a tree. You can get special consent from a church or school, for example. Make sure to always seek permission before planting a tree in a public space. You can also plant the memorial tree on private property, such as in your own or the loved one’s backyard. Remember, though, if the property is sold, you may not be able to visit the memorial anymore. Pick a tree You want your living tribute to last, so choose a tree you know will survive. Several native tree species grow tall and strong in northern climates. Consult an arborist or visit your local nursery to determine the best species and preferred growing conditions. Plant the tree Before planting, call your local utilities to make sure you’re digging far from underground lines. Also, consider how tall and wide the tree will get over the years. The canopy and braches can eventually block sightlines and interfere with electrical wires. If this turns out to be the case, the tree may have to be removed. Additionally, roots can damage the foundation of nearby buildings and sewer or water lines. Ensure your memorial tree’s location will stand the test of time. Maintain the tree Your work isn’t done after planting. Over time, your tree will require pruning, shaping and watering in dry spells. Talk to an arborist about the best way to care for your memorial tree.


At All Season Tree Service, our team of professional arborists provides tree shaping, pruning, bracing and disease management services in Edmonton, Sherwood Park & surrounding areas of Alberta. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you keep your trees healthy.


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