Tips for Planting Trees
If you are planning to plant trees some careful planning needs to take place to ensure that you do the right things to make sure your trees survive and thrive. Let’s have a look at some tips for planting trees.
The Best Time to Plant Your Trees
- You need to plant deciduous trees during the spring once the frost is gone or in the fall from when the leaves drop to first freeze.
- You can plant evergreen trees early in the spring up until a month after deciduous tree leaves have opened or in the fall from August 1stto October 31st.
Handling & Storing the Seedlings
- Never let the seedlings dry out. Making sure they have plenty of moisture is key to their survival.
- Be careful when you are transporting your seedlings. If you handle them too roughly, you can land up damaging the root system and this can dispose your seedlings to stress.
- Avoid extreme changes in temperature. When temperatures fluctuate, and especially high heat, during storage and transporting it can traumatize the seedling.
- You need to be prompt with your seedling planting. Don’t let them sit around. Get them into the soil as soon as possible. However, don’t open the bags until you are going to plant and always reseal as fast as you can.
- Do not handle the seedling by the stem. Always handle by the plug.
- Tree seedling need four things to thrive and grow – water, nutrients, sun, and space to grow.
- Taking the time to properly prepare the site well will help make the tree planting go smoothly.
Correct Planting Techniques
- Bare root stock needs the roots spread out.
- Make sure the seedlings are as upright as you can get them. Never more than 10 degrees from vertical.
- Make sure you are planting the seedling at the right depth.
- The roots should never be exposed to air.