Proper Tree Planting

Proper Tree Planting

While it may seem simple, many people don’t know the necessary steps required for proper tree planting. It goes beyond digging a hole, putting a tree inside, and adding water.


Picking the right season is crucial to a new tree’s survival. Early spring before budbreak is one of the best times to plant it. This allows the tree to experience ideal temperatures in its early stages and gives a great opportunity for it to establish its roots in its first location. Next, be sure that nothing is underneath where the tree is growing. Also, check the future height of the tree for any possible future issues. Power lines above are easy to spot, but too often overlooked when it comes to planting trees. Trees can always be pruned, but it is best to make sure that there is nothing under, over, or too close around the tree. An uninterrupted growing process for the tree allows for the longest lifespan and best look.



Once the proper tree preparations have been made, go ahead and dig a hole with the appropriate depth and width. Planting a tree too deeply will cause problems for the tree, as its roots will suffer to develop properly due to a lack of oxygen. Next, put the tree in the hole. That is probably the easiest step of them all, but it still requires careful attention. Make sure that the tree is standing straight up. Get someone’s help to view the tree from several directions and distances if the help is available. Once the tree is in position, fill the base with soil. Make sure it is packed well in, eliminating any air pockets. Packing the tree in too lightly allows for air to come in and dry out the roots of the tree, which means that it may die before it ever has the chance to grow. When these two steps are finished, check to see if the tree needs stakes. Don’t assume that a new tree needs to be staked when freshly planted. Studies have shown that trees that aren’t staked at planting develop stronger roots and trunks quicker than those that are staked at planting.



New trees require careful care. Some people tend to interpret careful care as over care, and we are going to talk about the difference here. The base of new trees needs to be kept moist, but not flooded. Water newly planted trees at least once a week. When the season becomes hot and windy, the amount of water the tree gets should increase. Once again, to a level that keeps the soil moist, not water-logged. Another important detail to remember is to clean and clear the base of the tree. Weeds and grass, naturally, will begin to grow at the base and around the tree. It is vital to clean it up and remove any other plants that are trying to grow at the base of the tree as it’s fighting to grow.


Easy as 1*, 2*, 3*

As you can see, planting a tree might not be as easy as dig, plant, and water. However, it can be as easy as following three extended steps, steps which are pretty simple and easy to follow. Following these guidelines will make sure that trees grow big, strong, uninterrupted, and enjoy long lifespans. However, doing this alone won’t be enough, which is why Front Range Arborists exists. Our 20+ years of experience in tree and shrub care has allowed us to transform landscapes across residential and commercial spaces. Contact us to find out more about how we can ensure you shrubs and trees get the best care possible.