If you want your outdoor space to be warm and inviting, you might be solely focused on creating your landscape design with the right trees. While this will improve your curb appeal, unfortunately, planting errors can shorten the trees’ lifespans or stunt their growth. Below are three tips for planting trees this fall so your new foliage will grow into gorgeous, shade-producing arbors.
3 Tree Planting Tips
1. Loosen the Root Ball
Before you dig a hole and simply transfer the root ball from the container to the ground, it is important to loosen it first. Over time, the dirt around the roots can become compacted, which can inhibit the tree’s growth after it is planted.
To loosen the root ball, remove the fabric covering and then manually break up the dirt around the young roots to allow them to spread. Place the new tree in a hole that is twice the width and depth of the root ball, and backfill the area with soft, rich soil.
2. Stake the Sapling
Young trees tend to be top-heavy, which can cause them to break or tip over in the wind. To prevent damage, stake your sapling carefully to give it additional support. You can do this on either side of the tree.
3. Water It Appropriately
Although you might assume your new tree needs gallons of fresh water, overdoing it could cause problems, like root rot and suffocation, which can cause issues like brittle growth, dry leaves, or even death. To keep your tree healthy without overwatering it, abide by its planting instructions, and don’t hesitate to ask a professional about your landscape design. Talking with experts about irrigation schedules, water runoff, and plant needs make it easier to protect your investment.
Do you need help with your landscape design? Imfeld Nursery, Ltd in Hamilton, OH, understands how challenging it can be to create a lush, beautiful yard, which is why they help customers with everything from mulching and drainage to brick pavers and custom retaining walls. For more information about their services, send them a message online or call (513) 868-1828.