Tips for Earth Day tree planting

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - If you're celebrating Earth Day by planting a tree, the experts have some tips.

Larry Campbell of West Virginia University Extension suggests considering the tree's function, the site restrictions, soil conditions and sun exposure before deciding what kind of tree to buy.

He says a back yard fruit tree might seem like a good idea but could ultimately lead to more maintenance down the road. People should also consider utility lines that run overhead nearby or underground, and consider the size it will be when it's mature.

Campbell also advises against staking a tree, saying the trunks will go stronger without that support.

Spring is a good time to plant because temperatures tend to be less stressful.

For more detailed guidance, check out the Extension Service website.

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