Planting a tree on your property is one of the best things you can do to help improve your home’s resale value and curb appeal, while helping to improve the environment. However, the process takes more than dropping the new plant into a hole to ensure a healthy, thriving tree that lasts for generations. The best time to plant a tree is early spring, so Stein Tree Service’s certified arborist in West Chester explains the right way to plant your new tree.
Tips for Planting New Trees
Before You Dig
The key to the long-term health of your new tree is proper planting and care. Before you even dig, you need to make sure the area is suitable for the tree you are considering. Make sure to consider the tree’s mature height and diameter.
Next, you need to ensure that the type of soil and PH levels are compatible with the type of tree. You may need to adjust the soil accordingly by adding nutrients. A certified arborist in West Chester can test your soil and advise you if you need to make adjustments.
Whether you are planting the tree personally, or hiring a trained professional, you should have any underground utilities clearly marked. Call 811 a few days before your planned dig to have someone come out and mark the locations in your area.
When You Plant
Improperly planting your trees can cause several problems. One common problem is a root-bound tree. To prevent this problem:
- Inspect the root ball prior to buying, and avoid ones with tight root spirals.
- Gently remove unhealthy roots or girdling roots (roots that growing around the trunk at or near the soil surface which can choke the tree by inhibiting nutrients from reaching the rest of the tree).
- Aim for a tree with a root ball of 10” to 12″ diameter per every one inch of trunk diameter.
Make sure the hole is deep enough, and allow a few inches of loosened dirt under the root ball. The soil level should come to the top of the first level of main lateral roots. Pack the soil around the tree and water well. Place a generous amount of mulch around the tree, with a 1 inch depth at the trunk, gaining depth outwardly up to 4 inches.
Stein Tree’s Certified Arborists Will Help West Chester Trees Thrive, from Planting to Maturity
Depending on the type and number of trees you want, as well as the type of soil in your area, planting trees can seem complicated. To guarantee the best start for your new trees, and to protect them for years to come, you may want to hire a certified arborist in West Chester. Stein Tree Service has been helping residents and business owners care for their trees for over 33 years. For more information, or to request a free consultation, please contact the certified arborists at Stein Tree Service today!