Tree Planting is often a difficult undertaking. One needs to take many different factors into account. These include the right selection of the plant depending on the landscape and weather, proper transplanting method and proper care during planting and adequate aftercare. How well your tree grows after planting will depend on all of these factors.
If you have adequate knowledge about planting, you can go about the job on your own. Alternatively, you can contact a plant healthcare company to perform the job for you. At DFWTreeRemoval.com, we perform a variety of tasks relating to landscape care in the Dallas, Fort Worth area like tree removal,stump grinding, and hedge trimming, and our skilled professionals will ensure that your tree gets a healthy growth once it is planted.
Once you have made a proper selection as to the type of plant, next thing to know is the best season for Tree Planting. Early spring or the dormant season after the fall is considered to be the ideal for Tree Planting. The cool weather allows the plant to grow roots before it experiences vigorous growth during summer heat or spring rains.
The next important thing is to find the right location for planting the tree. Determine a site in your landscape that will be conducive to the growth of the plant. The selection of the site will depend on the type of plant you have chosen. For example, if you are planting saplings of large trees, you will have to see that enough free space is provided for the plant’s future growth.
Planting the Tree
Before you start planting, make sure that you have the right tools and underground utilities to carry out the task of digging. If you are looking to plant a tree with a bare and balled root, you must understand that the sapling has already underwent what is called in the plant care jargon a transplant shock. This means the root system of the tree has been reduced by close to ninety percent of its original size to facilitate transplanting. The transplant shock also occurs for containerized trees with circular roots. It is thus important to observe utmost care when the tree is planted, so as to minimize the effect of the transplant shock.
Steps for Tree Planting
You must start with digging a broad and shallow hole. Make the hole only as deep as the balled root. However, you will need to make the hole broad enough so that the roots may grow horizontally. On most planting sites, the soils around the hole remain tight and compacted. This may halt the growth of the roots. It is thus important to loosen the soil so that the plant can stretch its roots with the minimum effort.
Make sure the trunk flare (the point of the trunk from where the roots spread) is visible. If you find it is not entirely visible, remove some soil from the top of the ball. This is important for the proper placing of the tree. You must always remember that the depth of the hole should not be more than the depth of the root ball. The plant will suffer from lack of oxygen if it is being planted too deep. If you are not certain, it is always better to plant the tree a little higher.
Once the planting process is over, you need to fill the hole. For the last 1/3 of the hole, you can drop the loose soil. For the rest of the hole, you must pack the soil firmly and gently. If the root ball comes wrapped in plastic, fabric or any other material, you should cut and remove it carefully before filling.
You must stake the tree only if it is absolutely necessary. Researches have shown that the trees that are not staked during the time of the planting experience quicker and more vigorous growth. However, if there are threats like windy conditions, you will have to stake the tree.
Watering is an important part of aftercare. You must see that the tree gets only enough water. Do not soak the soil and do not overwater. In normal seasons, watering the plant once a week would be enough. You should have to water more frequently during hot weather. Also prune off the branches that have suffered damage during planting. Regular corrective pruning will start only after a year of planting.
You can thus see that Tree Planting involves many intricate functions. If you are in any doubt, always call up and seek advice from a professional plant health care service. DFWTreeRemoval.com is one such plant health and landscape care service for Dallas, Fort Worth area. Feel free to call up for services, quotes and consultations.
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