Throwing Shade -- A Quick Beginner's Guide To Planting Trees

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Adding a beautiful tree to your yard gives any space a fantastic focal point and a way to make the yard more inviting for everyone. But improperly planting your new trees can mean damage to the tree, lack of growth and more maintenance down the road. If you're a tree-planting novice, here is a handy guide to getting them in the ground right the first time.

When to Plant

For the best results, avoid planting a new tree during the heat of summer or the freezing winter. The roots and structure need time to acclimatize before the worst of the seasonal weather. For this reason, it's usually good to plant your tree in the spring and fall unless your weather doesn't vary much.

Where to Plant

If you researched your trees before purchasing, you should know how fast and large it will grow as well as how much it will drop debris around them. This information will help you decide where to place each one. Make sure the tree's roots and spread will not interfere with existing structures (like your home's foundation) or make a mess over well-used areas like patios and gardens. If you're unsure if your landscape plan includes a good home for the trees, it may be best to work with a qualified landscaping service.

How to Plant

Purchased trees generally come in three transport methods: containers, balls and burlap or bare roots. For all three types, start by digging a hole that's 2 or 3 times the diameter of the soil in which the tree arrives. Then, remove the container or burlap sack and twine. Loosen the roots so they are free and loose, then place the base in the hole so it's just above the level of the surrounding ground.

Backfill good soil into the rest of the hole, being careful not to compress it (which can prevent water from flowing freely). If your tree arrived bare root, build a cone of dirt inside the hole to form a base on which the roots can sit.

After You Plant

Depending on the weather and the time of year, you may need to provide more water than expected for your fledgling trees. Consult the nursery or landscaping contractor to determine how often to water the trees as they take root. You may want to add a root-promoting fertilizer to the soil around the planting hole to help speed up the acclimatization process.

Giving attention to the preparation of the location and the planting hole will help you give your new trees their best chance to survive and thrive. Then, you can sit back and enjoy the shade and beauty of these additions to your garden or yard. 

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