Planting a tree seems like such a simple task. Whether you want to plant one as a wind break, a barrier between your neighbors, or if you believe that the environment needs more trees, it is good to follow the “do’s and don’ts of planting trees. The way a tree is planted can greatly affect the growth, development, health and appearance. If done incorrectly, the tree can become weak, structurally unsound, and may even become a hazard in the future.
“The Beginners Guide to Planting Trees” by American Arborists
Do Position Your Tree With Energy Conservation In Mind
This may surprise you, but trees play a role in energy conservation, especially when planted in the right area of your property. For example, trees with large crowns should be positioned on the south side of your property. The crown will provide shade for windows, as well as the roof, from the afternoon sun. Similarly, small to medium-sized evergreen trees can act as windbreakers during the winter, when positioned on the west and north sides of the property.
Do Choose The Appropriate Time To Plant The Tree
Here’s something not a lot of people know about: There are a good time and a bad time to plant trees.
- The rule of thumb is, plant the tree when there’s enough time for them to establish their roots, before certain stressors become a factor, such as low moisture levels in the soil, high heat, and extremely low temperatures.
- In most parts of the country, the ideal time to plant a tree is between late summer and early fall.
- The idea is to let the tree acclimate its roots to your soil long enough that it can survive winter and grow rapidly as soon as spring hits.
Don’t Plant Large Varieties of Trees In Small Spaces or Near Structures
It goes without saying that all young trees, when they’re planted, are relatively small; they don’t occupy much space. But you need to consider the variety or the species of the tree before planting it. If you plant it in a small area or near a structure such as power/telephone lines, you better make sure that it’s not of a large variety, because it will become a problem later on.
Don’t Choose A Tree To Plant-Based On How Fast It Grows
You shouldn’t allow personal preferences or convenience to dictate your choices when deciding on the type of tree to plant. Once you decide to plant a tree, you’re essentially putting in an investment. And although some species of trees do grow faster than others, they are more susceptible to storm or winter damage compared to the slow-growing variety.
Don’t Overdo Fertilization and Watering
Although newly planted trees need all the nutrients they can get to thrive, and they need constant watering to absorb moisture, there is such a thing as overdoing it. There is a limit to how much nutrients and moisture a young tree can absorb. So keep that in mind when planting trees.
Of course, the best course of action when planting trees is to ask for professional help. Hiring a Certified Arborist can help you choose the right tree to plant, prepare the area for planting, and provide health care and maintenance for your growing tree.