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Five Tips On How Best To Plant A Tree

Five Tips On How Best To Plant A Tree

Discover and Explore the Best Time and Place To Plant A Tree

Most people like trees and there is a great deal of satisfaction to be gained from planting one on your property. Here are a few tips to ensure your tree grows to become something you will be truly proud of.

The Best Time To Plant A Tree

Experts agree that the best time for tree planting is in the fall or early spring. This is because the temperature is cooler for the sapling’s roots and the trees are generally dormant at these times of year. However, that does not mean you cannot plant your tree at other times; they can also be planted during the spring and summer provided good care is taken of them.

The Best Place To Purchase The Tree

The most usual place to buy a tree is from a nursery. There may be several within easy reach of your home, so it is a good idea to check them out online and ask people you know, who have bought trees, which ones they would recommend.

The Best Place To Plant The Tree

Before planting the tree it is very important to check that you will not be cutting through any utility pipes or cables when you begin digging. Fortunately there is a service available to advise you on where it is safe to dig; it can be found by ringing 811. You also have to remember that as the tree grows, so does its roots and they can inflict damage on utility lines as well as to the foundations of your home and may result in you having to arrange sewer line replacement. The service will also advise you whether the tree is likely to cause problems with overhead lines when it has grown to its full height. For all these reasons it is advisable to ring 811 before deciding where you are going to plant it.

Best Maintenance Tips

Once you have planted your tree it is not just a case of forgetting about it and watching it grow. In order for it to remain healthy and grow properly it will need to be maintained. Newly planted trees must be watered regularly; the water should be poured close to the trunk to ensure the root ball, so crucial to the tree’s growth, is saturated. The watering schedule should be once a week, unless there is more than half an inch of rain during the preceding seven days. Mulching is also helpful; it should be at least three inches thick, but must be kept away from the trunk.

The Best Way To Prevent Transplant Shock

Transplant shock occurs when a tree is moved from its original location, such as the nursery, to a new one. This is because moving the tree causes the root ball to shrink, a situation that can even lead to it dying. In order to avoid this happening the transplanted tree will require regular watering and maintenance, especially during the first three years after replanting.