What you do in a tree’s first few years of life will affect its shape, size, resistance to disease, and even its lifespan.
By following a few key steps, you will help your tree grow up healthy and strong and protect the time and financial investment you put into it.
If you are thinking about adding a tree to your property, consider the following:
- Think about what you want your tree to provide such as shade, seasonal color or privacy. Your goals may lead you to plant one species or a variety of species.
- Locate and stay clear of utilities.
- Add distance between existing buildings (10’), sidewalks and patio hardscapes (3’).
- Plant to add shade. Locate trees on the southeastern and southern side of your home.
Unique growing conditions and needs
- Ask the nursery attendant if a particular tree species is appropriate for the desired planting location. Plan for its full mature size.
Time of year
- Note that some tree species have special transplant timing that should be followed. Most trees do well when planted in the spring or fall.
- Do not plant in the summer months.
- Account for the surface type whether flat or sloped. This will determine how deep you plant the tree and where the trunk flare should sit.
Necessary tools and safety gear
- You will need a shovel and gloves at a minimum. Be prepared for any situation and secure a pick-axe for tough soil, tarp to place dirt on, bolt cutters to cut wire from ball & burlap trees and a rake or broom to clean up.
Required tree care
- Newly planted trees require 25 gallons of water per week. Plant to set up a watering maintenance plan.