Trees bring life to any yard.
Everything from the tall weeping willow, the strong elm, or the tiny, but mighty crab apple tree – there are so many to choose from.
When you do decide which one (or more!) is right for you, it’s time to look into the proper process for planting your precious sapling.
Digging a Hole
Trees have roots, and roots need oxygen to survive.
When you dig a hole for your tree, it has to be just right. If the hole is too deep, then the roots don’t have a way to access the adequate amount of oxygen they need. If the hole is too narrow, then the root structure can’t expand in order to nourish and establish itself.
The width of the hole should be at least three times the diameter of the overall root spread.
Your roots need room to breathe, and it also needs enough worked soil for its root structure to establish itself. Sometimes the soil is too hard or clay-like for the roots to break through. In order to break this soil up, use a small garden hoe or fork to loosen the bottom and the sides of the hole.
If the soil is not broken up sufficiently, it could also cause pooling around the plant itself. To avoid this issue, it’s a good idea to make the centre of the hole a bit higher than the edges to keep the water around the root area.
After planting your trees, mulch the base of the tree to retain moisture and reduce weeds. A 2 to 4-inch layer of leaf litter, shredded bark or any other type of mulch is ideal.
Water your trees at least once a week and continue this until about the middle of fall. Take water levels in account during the rainy season and water more frequently when the weather is hot and windy.
The best time to plant your tree is during the fall or early spring. This is when the elements are a bit cooler, allowing the plants to establish their roots before any weather changes.
Do your research. Every tree has different needs, but in the end all it really needs is the proper love and care to grow. It will all be worth it as your tree continues to thrive, making your home and yard look complete.