People plant trees for a variety of reasons. Sometimes to celebrate a special event like the birth of a baby or an anniversary. Sometimes they plant them because they want to leave a legacy for the next generation. Trees are planted for beauty, for fruit, or sometimes for both. Whatever your reason for buying a tree, think about some of the following factors.
Tree Site Selection
Where you plant your tree is an important consideration. Some of the trees that you plant can become quite large in size while others will stay very small. Keep size in mind when choosing a site for your tree. You need to think about proximity to your own and your neighbor’s homes when planting a tree. If a tree is going to become large enough that it will hang into your neighbor’s yard, you should discuss it with them.
Also make sure to plant trees where they will not cause damage to your home. Trees overhanging the roof can cause moss, which can cause breakdown of roofing material. You should also be careful about planting a tree too close to the foundation of your home. Tree roots can cause damage to foundations and underground pipes.
How to Plant and Maintain Trees
After you have chosen a good site for your tree, it is time to plant. Before digging, it is wise to call the utility company to ensure that you are not going to hit any lines while planting. Then, dig a hole that is as deep as the root ball, and about twice as wide. Make sure that soil in the hole is roughed up so that the roots will be able to easily find purchase in the soil. The soil should be moist, and if it is not, you should place some water in the hole.
You next want to carefully remove the tree from the container that it came in being careful not to tear any of the roots. If roots are growing in a circle, try to loosen them. Circular roots can bend around and begin to grow into the tree trunk which will cause damage to the tree. Place the root ball into the hole so that the top of the ball is just slightly above the surface of the ground around it. After this is completed, dig the soil back into the hole around the root ball. Make sure to pack the soil in tightly in order to remove any air pockets.
Watering your tree at the beginning is extremely important. A dry root ball cannot take up the nutrients in the soil effectively. Build a trough of dirt around the base of the tree so that the water can get directly to the root ball. You should water initially with at least 10 gallons of water.
Continue to monitor the moisture of the soil around the tree for the first few months. Next, mulch around the base of the tree making sure that the mulch is about two inches from the trunk. Mulch will keep the temperature and moisture of the soil more constant.
Your tree will probably need to be staked at the beginning for extra support and protection from wind. Place the stake a few inches from the tree, and secure with flexible tree ties. Do not use wire which can cut into the trunk of the tree.
Planting a tree can be a fun and educational experience for the whole family. As the years progress and the tree continues to grow, it can provide shade and beauty for your yard. Make sure to plant and care for your tree the right way, and it will continue to provide you with enjoyment.