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Before you plant: Match the right tree to the right site

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Trees add beauty and value to landscapes, but buying them on a whim or planting haphazardly can leave homeowners out on a limb. "Someone goes to a nursery, sees a cute little tree in a pot, doesn't research it and 20 years later cuts it down," said Dick Ratcliff, consulting arborist and partner with Outdoor Design Group in Rockville. "Not doing your homework means lost growing time, then paying...

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