Your guide to tree planting

We've helped many customers plant trees in the past year.

Planning checklist

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2–4 months ahead: Plan for plants
  • Learn which types of trees grow best in your climate. Some trees may not thrive in climates that are too hot or too cold.
  • Plan the location of your tree carefully. Make sure the spot allows enough room for it to grow to maturity.
  • Consider the needs of the tree you wish to plant. If you do not want to have to prune frequently, choose a low-maintenance species.
  • Consider that some trees attract certain creatures, such as birds, squirrels, and possibly some pests.
2 months ahead: Find a pro
  • Schedule the planting of your tree at the right time. Most trees should be planted in the spring when temperatures are cool.
  • Find a landscaping pro who knows about the type of tree you are planting, since different trees require different needs when planting.
  • Professionals will know how to plant the tree safely without disturbing the roots.
1 month ahead: Hire and schedule
  • Interview a list of two or three local planters.
  • Hire a pro who can dig a hole that is two to three times wider than the base of the tree, and the same depth as the base.
  • Ask your professional to be attentive to any utility lines or pipes that may be in the area when digging.
  • If you do encounter utility lines or pipes, plant the tree in another location.
1 week after: Take care
  • Water your new tree as necessary. Overwatering can lead to suffocating of the roots and underwatering can cause the tree to die.
  • Ask a landscaping pro to spread mulch around the new tree to keep a stable temperature and reduce the frequency of waterings.

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