4 Things to Consider When Planting a New Tree

4 Things to Consider When Planting a New Tree

4 Things to consider when planting new trees:

Determining where to plant a tree is a permanent decision. Here are important factors to consider before you begin planting:

Choosing the right species for you and your yard.

  • Do you know your soil zone? Check out this map of the different types of soil here in Texas.
  • Once you know your zone, you can start searching for the types of  trees that will flourish on your property.
  • Other things to consider: are you looking for low maintenance, fast growing, privacy fence, shade, fruit or flower producing trees?
  • Check out this tree planting survey by the Texas A&M Forest Service to help you decide which tree is right for you and your property needs.

Evaluate what structures are present and plan for the future.

Planning before you plant will help guarantee that you’ve selected the perfect tree for your space.

  • Planting large trees under power lines will require constant pruning to keep branches away from the wires.
  • Strategically planting trees can save you up to 25% on your energy bills, provide shade in the summer, a wind barrier in the winter and can even increase your property value.

Over the long term, will you be happy with the placement of your tree? Do you have plans to build a shed, add an addition, or expand your driveway? These are all important factors to take into consideration.

  • Look above and below where you want to plant your tree. Are there utility lines or structures above or below?
  • Research the tree height, crown spread and approximate root space at full maturity. Is there adequate space for the tree to grow — both above and below ground? This is one of the steps that is most commonly missed when it comes to planting new trees. People often underestimate the size of a tree and will either plant too many too close together or too close to existing structures — causing many issues later down the road.
  • Always call your utility company to have lines marked and plan for a safe distance before you dig. They will locate your main water line, gas line, sprinkler system and any other utilities prior to digging. When the roots grow, this could impact any of these utilities, potentially causing an annoying and expensive problem. Always use caution when planting a tree close to your home as it could disrupt the foundation in the following years.

Seasons matter.

  • Pay attention to the changing seasons. Are you looking for a privacy barrier? Or to shade your home in the summer and to warm your home in the winter? Do you mind needles, sap, leaves, flowers or fruit dropping in your yard or on your property?
  • How much sun does this part of your property receive as the seasons change?

What season is best to plant a new tree in your area?

  • Newly planted trees require more water (due to their shallow root systems) so fall and spring are generally the best time to plant. Fall is the best time to plant balled and/or burlapped trees.

Contact us for free tree and soil consultation.

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