When considering tree planting it is important to think about the tree once mature. How tall will the tree grow to be? Is there enough space on my lawn for a large tree? Will the canopy grow over my roof? What type of soil conditions does the tree require? How do I maintain the tree to prevent it from dying or causing damage to my home or property? It is recommended to consult an arborist, landscaper, or nursery for your tree questions, especially if you unsure of where, what, and when to plant a tree.
There are many advantages to planting trees on your property or within urban areas. Trees are known to provide much needed shade in hot temperatures, wind protection during storms, colour as the seasons change, fragrance, privacy, increased property value, improved air quality, environmental benefits such as preventing water pollution and soil erosion, while also supporting animal life through offering shelter and food.
The location where the tree is planted not only influences the tree’s health but also the area where the tree is planted. For example, consider the possibility of drain damage as a result of tree planting. When planting near underground piping, make sure to not plant trees such as willows as this type of tree spread their roots in search of moisture so there is a chance that they will enter or block drains with cracks. Also, without preventive maintenance, trees can also cause damage to buildings, roofs, windows, evestroughs, garages, and sheds. Finally, consider overhead wires when planting. It would be best to plant smaller trees if this were the only location available to plant. It is important to care for your tree for these reasons.
When applying for a tree removal with the city, it can be required to replant a tree afterwards. MapleGreen can help you choose the best tree suited for replanting on your property as soil condition, sun exposure, available growth space, and environmental conditions all play a part in the future health of your planted tree. Through our connections with local nurseries, we offer tree-planting services that include ordering, delivering, and planting your new tree.
When is the correct time to plant? Planting in the fall is widely practiced. This is because the seasonal temperatures are typically cooler in the fall, preventing the newly planted tree from being stressed by the extreme heat that can occur in spring and summer months. Planting at this time provides the opportunity for trees to collect water and nutrients to develop a strong root system in preparation for winter and spring growth. Without leaves present, trees are able to absorb water for root growth instead of both root and leaf growth as what occurs in the spring. It is important to plant before frost occurs as this could lead to poor root development and increased chances of tree failure.
While also commonly practiced, spring tree planting can be challenging for trees, as they have to make new roots and leaves simultaneously (garden myths). However, some trees such as the gingko, willow, and tuliptree, prefer to be planted in the spring season because they prefer warmer soil conditions. We begin planting in spring the once there is no longer frost in the ground. When planting in dryer conditions, it is important to make sure that the newly planted tree has access to ample water. Also, putting mulch around the newly planted tree will help to provide moisture.
While there are endless advantages to tree planting, the planting location and timing of planting are influential to tree health. It is important to research trees that will flourish in your local climate and soil conditions as different tree species have different tolerances. Once planted, it is important to maintain the tree so as to prevent damage from occurring.
Planting native species: helps the ecosystem remain/re-establish to its original state – provide natural habitat for native wildlife (tree can)