When it comes to your yard, a tall, gorgeous tree is perhaps the best feature you can include. Not only do trees provide you with a refreshingly cool shade under which you can relax all summer long, but they also are amazing curb appeal boosters, helping to make your landscape more memorable and adding value to your home. And did I mention that being surrounded by trees can help lower stress too? So, by planting a tree (or several trees) you’re creating a beautiful and soothing refuge for yourself.
But before you can enjoy your new and improved landscape, you’ll need to get your hands dirty and plant some trees. However, planting a tree is a task that should not be taken lightly. To ensure success, many factors need to be considered from the type of soil you have to the presence of utility lines, the necessary tree care supplies, the weather and more. Here are some tips that can prove to be helpful when enhancing your yard with trees.
When in Doubt – Call the Experts
First things first. When planting a tree, you need to make sure that it doesn’t disrupt the existing state of your property. Power lines, water, sewer and septic systems, underground gas lines – all these things can be damaged during digging or over time by the tree’s growing roots. With that being said, if you have trouble locating the utility lines precisely or are worried that you’ll damage your property in some way, it’s best to hire licensed horticulturists.
After a careful evaluation of your home and yard and the tree species, horticulturists can suggest where the best spots for planting are. Proper tree placement can enhance your property’s value and can help reduce the amount of trimming and maintenance you will need to do in the future. In addition, they can do the planting themselves using professional techniques and tree care supplies that ensure the tree is planted properly and undergoes minimal “transplant shock”. Since tree removal can be expensive, planting properly in the first place can save you a lot of cost and heartache down the line, so if you have any questions or doubts, it’s better to contact local tree care professionals.
Make Sure You Have the Right Tools
If you’re going to undertake this task by yourself, you should make sure you have all the right tree care supplies to start planting. The right tools will allow you to open a planting hole with sufficient size, depth and orientation to allow the roots to establish properly and grow successfully. With that being said, what tools are best for the job will vary according to the type of soil as well as the kind of tree is going to be planted. Before you start digging, clear the ground with a spading fork, then proceed to use a tool for digging which can be a planting hoe, shovel or auger.
Planting hoes can be used for most types of trees and soils. However, they are mostly suitable for digging holes that can fit younger trees with roots no bigger than 30 cm. Trees with roots bigger than that are usually planted using a shovel or auger. Shovels and spades are the most commonly used planting tools for trees with larger roots as they allow to dig out soil and dispose of it easily. However, since they require manpower, they are mostly suitable for light, gravelly soil.
So, if you need to plant in rocky soil, it’s necessary to use an auger which is powered by chain saw or another type of powerhead. But since augers are expensive tools, if you’re not likely to use it in the future, it’s better to have horticulturists do the planting for you using their own tools. After the tree has been planted, add the debris from the clearing back around the tree. You can also add some mulch to provide nutrients for the growing roots.
But remember, the work doesn’t stop here. Once the tree starts growing, you will need to use additional tree care supplies such as fertilizers along with tools such as pruners, trimmers, handsaw to ensure it stays healthy and neat and doesn’t pose a safety hazard.
Pick the Right Time to Start Planting
In addition, you need to plant during the right time of year. Ideally, this is in the autumn during leaf fall, when the trees are dormant, or in early spring before the buds develop. However, if you’re purchasing a healthy balled and burlapped tree or a container tree, it may be possible to plant it at any time of the year with proper care and sufficient watering.
Water Your New Tree Right
And when it comes to watering, one of the most common mistakes people make is overdoing it. To avoid drowning your yard’s future gem, it’s important to water it according to its size. For every 2.5 centimetres of the trunk’s diameter, let the hose trickle over the root ball for 10 minutes. So, if the trunk is 5 cm in diameter, it means you need to water it for 20 minutes. To test whether the tree is getting enough water, stick your finger in the planting hole. It should be slightly moist, not wet or dry.