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How To Plant A Tree

Posted on May 18th, 2016

How To Plant A Tree


One of the most exciting things to do is plant a tree in Arlington TX. They create a habitat, including food, for birds and other animals. In essence, planting a tree in Arlington TX is offering a new ecosystem to your environment. So how do you go about planting a tree?

When should you plant your tree in Arlington TX?

Here are some steps to follow for successful planting. First, remember that giving your Arlington tree quality care from its first minutes of planting is going to provide it a successful chance at a long and healthy life. Knowing when to plant is very important. Most new trees in Arlington TX do the best when they are planted in moderate temperatures and have enough rainfall. This ensures that the tree has time to take root and acclimate to its surroundings before stressful heat and dryness of summer months set in. Both spring and fall are usually the best times to consider planting your trees. Of course geography plays a part too. If you’re in the southern part of the country, you have a little more leeway when it comes to planting. Of course palm trees are the exception- they can handle planting during summer months very easily.

Next, knowing how to plant a tree in Arlington TX is useful. Although different trees may have unique needs in planting, most trees end up being planted the same basic way. By far the biggest mistake novice tree planters make is digging holes that are too narrow and too deep. If the hole is too deep, roots won’t have access to their much-needed oxygen supply for proper growth. If the hole is too narrow, the roots won’t be able to expand and properly nourish the tree as it grows.

How should you plant your tree in Arlington TX?

The general rule for tree planting in Arlington TX is to start with a hole similar to the size of the hole it was originally grown in. The width of the hole you dig should be at minimum three times the diameter of the container or root ball. If you’re planting in clay soil that has poor drainage, be sure to avoid glazing. Glazing is a term that refers to the bottom and sides of a hole becoming smoothed down, thus forming a barrier that does not easily allow water to pass. Always use a tool to break up the glaze prior to lowering the tree. Also, try elevating the bottom of the hole a small amount to allow water disbursement and reduce the chance of water pooling.

Balled and Burlapped (B&B) Tree Planting

B&B trees can be stored after purchase but it is necessary to keep the ball moist and store the tree in the shade. It is still optimum to plant B&B trees as soon as possible though. When moving these types of trees, always lift by the ball and not by the trunks. When you are ready to plant them, completely cut away the burlap (which is critical with plastic or synthetic burlap) or if it’s natural burlap pull it back from the top third portion of the ball. Discard of twine or string and backfill the soil with some combination of peat moss, topsoil or composted manure.) Bring soil level up to the height of the ball or slightly lower to allow settling. Do not compress the soil though so that water can reach the roots.

Planting Trees in Arlington TX from Containers

Container trees also can be stored like B&B trees as long as they are kept in shade and kept moist. The process for planting is similar but you need to completely remove the container the tree comes in. once the container is gone, check the roots for compression. If they are too tightly compressed, called potbound, use a blunt instrument or your fingers to carefully work roots loose without tearing them. Spread roots prior to easing them into their planting location. If the roots are extra woody and tightly compacted, be sure to loosen them. You can “butterfly” them, or pull them apart, as you ease the tree into the hole. Ensuring the roots are loose is critical and failure to do this can cause the tree to die due to “girdling.” At minimum, roots will not be able to expand beyond the original size of the container they started in. Back fill container trees up to the level of the container. Do not compress the soil heavily, rather just tap it down gently with your hands.

Bare-root trees

Bare-rooted trees are treated a little differently when planting. These trees cannot be stored; rather they need to be planted as soon as possible. When you look at the trees prior to purchase, make sure that the roots are moist and have varying lengths of fine roots. Keep the roots moist throughout the entire transport and prior to planting. Prune all damaged and broken roots, but preserve as much of the original roots as possible.

Using fertilizers

Once planting is completed, you can use additives to help roots establish. Be sure to use the fertilizer on the soil you use around the entire area and not just the planting hole. This will promote root expansion and growth.

Creating an ecosystem is going to be an exciting endeavor. Be sure to follow the planting rules as outlined to give your tree the best shot at a long and healthy life.


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