Six Common Mistakes When Planting A Tree
According to the Arbor Day Foundation, trees offer many positives for our community—they clean the air and water, provide habitats for wildlife, and even support our health. If you’re looking to enhance your property by planting a tree, consider all the variables before breaking ground. And avoid these six common mistakes to ensure your new sapling matures into a sturdy timber.
6. Transferring The Tree Poorly
You’ve done your research, dug your hole and selected the tree, but have you thought about how to transfer it to your home? When choosing a method of transportation, make sure your vehicle has enough room to accommodate the size of the tree and equip yourself with enough manpower to unload it. Trees—and especially their roots—should always be handled with care to avoid transplant shock. Never pick up a tree by the trunk, rather lift by the root ball. Nursery trees can be container grown, bare root or balled and bur lapped. Container grown trees tend to be the most durable and the least likely to experience transplant shock. Plus, you can test the root integrity before leaving the nursery by grasping the tree’s base and gently pulling it out of the container. If it comes out easily and in a solid mass holding the shape of the container, you have a prime tree for planting!
If you’ve avoided making these six mistakes when planting a tree, your new sapling has an excellent chance of growing tall and sturdy. But remember, you’ll have to care for your tree to keep it healthy, too.
Safe Digging Tip: Always contact JULIE before you dig to have utility lines on your property located for free by our members. Valuable utility lines may be buried just beneath the surface and hitting one could disrupt critical services, cause serious harm to you or your family, or even result in costly repairs and fines.