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Smart Tips For Tree Planting

Smart Tips For Tree Planting

Fall is an ideal time to plant a new tree especially well before the ground freezes. The weather is cool enough to make this project bearable and the ground is warm enough to give your tree a good chance to take root. There are some matters to consider when selecting a tree including the type of tree and where you will plant it.


What type of tree is right for your yard? For starters, you want to choose one that will thrive where you live, a tree that can acclimate to the climate and survive your local conditions. Your best bet here is to consult with your local nursery or contact your state’s cooperative extension service.

Also consider what your tree will produce as it grows. Some trees leave more of a mess behind than produce a benefit, by tossing down rotten fruit or unpleasant smelling flowers. Consider the leaves too — magnolias tend to drop leaves all year long.


If you plan to live in your home for many years, you might see your new oak grow to a respectable height before you retire and move away. Other trees, such as the silver maple, can spring up fast. However, the wood will be weak and its surface roots can be bothersome.

Besides the type of tree that you choose, you will want to select its location carefully. Place it too close to the home and the tree could intrude on your living space. It can also present a danger should it ever drop branches or, worse, fall and crash into your home.


When planting a tree, take care not to plant the tree ball too deep. Deeply planted tree roots will decline in health and condition notes the Ohio DNR Division of Forestry. Such trees begin to show signs of stress almost immediately as cracks, decay and deadwood begin to appear.

Instead, dig a wide hole and use only the soil you dig up to surround the tree. Remove the excess soil and make sure that you remove the burlap, twine or container that houses the tree before planting it. Light mulching to a depth of two or three inches is acceptable, avoid staking and water often but without drowning the tree. The care guide that comes with your tree should be followed.


With your tree newly planted you will want to keep a careful eye on its progress. A harsh winter could do it in. If you are concerned about the weather conditions in your area, then wait until spring. Your arborist can advise you about which tree species are best left planted in early spring.

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