Tree Planting

So you want to plant a tree? Fantastic! We can always use more trees in Prince William County. But before you begin, there are a few things you should know to ensure that your tree will thrive, not just survive. Planting your tree at the right time of year can make all the difference:

“In general, April and May are the best times to plant in the Northern hemisphere, because the tree has all summer to grow and get accustomed to its new abode. Otherwise, September and October are your best bet. It tends to be cooler and rainier and the trees are getting ready for hibernation.” Read full article.

Be aware, however, that certain kinds of trees do not do well when planted in the fall. If you’re not sure about your tree, ask your local Gainesville tree specialist for any advice that is particular to your tree.

Once you’ve decided when to plant, you need to pick a good spot. It needs to be in a place that gets a lot of sun and away from anything that will hinder its root development. You should keep a number of factors in mind when choosing the location:

Choose the Right Place

Here are some of the factors to consider when choosing the right place to plant trees around your home…

Now you’re ready to begin. You need to dig a hole for the tree and loosen up all the soil around it. Once in the ground, fill in the hole with that loose soil, not packing it down too hard or covering the top of the root ball. Watch this video for more details:

As the video explains, once in the ground the surrounding area should be covered in 2-4 inches of mulch. The end result should look something like this:

Graph of planted tree

The tree will then need to be watered daily for the next few weeks, and possibly months as it begins to grow. And you’re done!

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