Planting trees can add aesthetic beauty, shade and limbs for a tire swing. Put much consideration and take your time planning for adding a tree to your landscape design. That tree may occupy your property longer than you occupy the house, so you want to choose something you can enjoy for the long-term.
Tree Planting Step 1
Assess your needs for a tree. Choosing the right tree depends on the reason you want to add it to your yard. Decide whether the tree is there primarily for shade, as a windbreaker, as the future location of a tree house or to provide privacy.
Tree Planting Step 2
Research the tree’s needs before making a final decision. You need to be aware of the tree’s tolerance to cold and heat, high winds, heavy precipitation, pests and disease.
Tree Planting Step 3
Take an inventory of your property to determine the most ideal location for planting your tree. If you know the tree will be planted close to the house, it could impact the species you choose if you learn that limbs from that kind of tree are prone to falling.
Tree Planting Step 4
Be fully aware of the size the tree will grow to when it reaches maturity. That small sapling may grow large enough to cast a shadow over your entire house 10 years after it was planted. Learn what you can about the spread of the tree’s limbs as well as its root mass and how those elements affect things like water and sewer pipes and electrical lines.
Tree Planting Step 5
Plant a tree at least one month before the temperature of the topsoil is likely to fall below 40 degrees. Plant deciduous trees in early spring or late so that their roots can get established before the leaves need water. Choose late summer as the time to plant evergreens.
Tree Planting Step 6
Dig the hole three times wider than the root spread, but only deeply enough to allow the roots to spread out. Digging deeper than necessary could cause soil settling that eventually results in the tree sinking into the hole.
Tree Planting Step 7
Pierce the sides of the planting hold with a spade to help the tree roots penetrate more efficiently. Cut the pot away with a knife rather than pulling the sapling out of the container.
Tree Planting Step 8
Place a stick across the hole to mark the ground as level. Place the plant in the hole, and very gently spread the roots away from the root ball. Turn the tree in the hole until the trunk is straight and the best looking side faces the direction from which you will most often view the tree.
Tree Planting Step 9
Install stakes immediately after planting to ensure that the trunk remains straight and stable. Refrain from staking too rigidly since the tree will need to be capable of bending in the wind. Use ties that are easily adjusted and avoid constriction as the trunk grows wider. Loosen the ties as necessary during the first year of growth. After one year, remove the stakes.
Tree Planting Step 10
Prune away dead or damaged shoots. Cut back branches growing in any direction you find undesirable for branch growth. Water heavily until the roots have become established. After maturation of the roots, water deeply enough to reach the roots.
Things You’ll Need
* Inventory log
* Oh yeah, and a tree to plant.