4 Things To Consider When Planting a Tree

There’s no easier or more effective way to add curb appeal to a home or building than by planting a few trees in strategic locations. Trees offer a natural sense of brilliance and aesthetics to the environment, not to mention their ability to block out sunlight (which saves you money on utility costs). Before you begin digging holes and planting seedlings, however, there are a few things you should know.

Know Your Zone Hardiness

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a Plant Hardiness Zone map to help green thumbs from across the country make better decision on which plants, or trees, are right for their garden. Each color-coded zone represents a 10-degree Fahrenheit difference in the average winter temperature.

You can visit the official USDA website for instant access to their Plant Hardiness Zone map. Check to see which zone you are located in and use this information when choosing trees to plant in your garden.

Location

Arguably, one of the most important steps in planting a tree is choosing an appropriate location. While it may be a small seedling now, it will quickly grow in the years to come. Choosing the right location will ensure it provides the highest level of appeal to your home – and remember, there’s no easy way to move a tree once it’s fully grown.

So, where should you plant it? Find a location with rich, healthy soil that’s spaced far enough away from other trees and plants to prevent nutrient leaching. If you’re planting multiple trees, it’s recommended that you measure the distance in between so they are spaced out evenly.

Transplant Fast

After purchasing a tree, you’ll want to transplant it into the ground as fast as possible. Allowing a tree’s roots to remain wrapped up in some cordage or burlap bag places an unnecessary amount of stress on it. Too much stress may hinder its growth or even kill it in severe cases.

Using a shovel, dig a hole in the ground that’s just deep enough to cover the roots and a couple of extra inches and place your tree inside. Cut the burlap or cordage so the roots are allowed to expand and cover it up with soil/compost.

Watering

Newly planted trees require a bit more water during their first month. Depending on mother nature’s mood, she may not provide enough rainwater to keep your tree healthy; therefore, you should manually water it at least once every 5 days to ensure it’s hydrated and healthy.