Tree Planting Tips

It is said that the best time to plant a tree was yesterday and the second-best time is today. Providing shade, increasing the value of your home, and improving air quality are just a few of the many benefits trees can offer. Spring and Fall are the preferred times to plant trees, but with more frequent rainfall and lower temperatures, fall is the best time in our region. It is essential to give your trees the right care from the start, and you can follow these tips to provide your tree with the best chance to thrive.

When selecting a tree, consider diversity and future tree health by planting different species than are already in your vicinity. Having a wide variety of trees in an area can help reduce the possibility of tree specific diseases and pests. It is recommended to select younger trees in a 3-to-5-gallon container size with good structure, that are free of pests and disease with a healthy root system.

Consider the location you plan to plant and the space available. Understand the size that your tree will be when it reaches maturity. Avoid areas that may have utility easements or powerlines, or that may be too close to structures or sidewalks. Planting a tree too close to your home can limit tree growth and contribute to roof or foundation damage in the future.

When preparing to plant the tree, dig a hole that matches the container size, no deeper than it was planted in the container. The top of the root ball can be 1 to 2 inches above the planting soil. Avoid planting too deep by making sure the root flare of the tree is visible above the soil and mulch. Once the tree is in place, insert a shovel 6 to 8 inches outside the edge of the hole and push the soil toward the root ball. Ensure the tree is straight before filling the remainder of the hole with soil.

Once the tree is planted, watering should take place twice a week for the first few weeks with considerations for natural rainfall. Reduce watering to once a week, then as needed. By the time summer arrives, your tree should be well established.

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