Planting a tree is a lifetime investment. How well this investment flourish depends on the tree type chosen and the tree planting location. As a gardener, you should know the best time to plant trees.

If you provide your trees with healthy beginnings, the trees reach their full size. It also ensures your tree will deliver social, economic, and environmental benefits during its lifetime.

The Best Time to Plant Trees 

Ideally, plant trees in early spring or autumn. 

Though, container trees can be planted anytime during the year if provided with the right care. In subtropical and tropical climates where trees grow all year long, any time is an excellent time to plant a tree.

Stress and Planting Trees

Balled trees lose a considerable part of their roots when dug at the nursery. As a result, trees usually display what is called transplant shock. Transplant shock is a state of reduced vitality and less growth after transplanting. Container trees might also have transplant shock, especially if they have circling roots that need cutting.

Steps for Planting

Make sure to find all underground utilities before digging.

Dig a wide, shallow planting hole. Holes should be as deep as the root ball and two to three times wider than the root ball.

Put the tree at the correct height. Make sure to dig the hole to the right depth. If the tree is too deep, the new root system will have a hard time growing due to an oxygen shortage.

The tree must be straight. Get another person to examine the tree from a few directions to be sure it’s straight.

Fill the hole softly but tightly. Put soil around the bottom of the root ball to steady the tree. Fill the rest of the hole, securely packing the soil to get rid of air pockets that might dry out roots. 

Deliver follow-up tree care maintenance. Keep the soil moist, Water your tree once a week. In the summertime, your tree needs watering more frequently. Contact Lenoir Tree Service if you need help planting your tree.