How to Plant a Tree in Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter

How to Plant a Tree in Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter

The Guide Behind Effectively Planting Trees

The aroma caused by flowers beginning to bloom along with their exquisite colors in the spring entice many people to think about the concept of starting a garden of their own or even planting trees. However, just like gardening there’s a science behind effectively planting trees. In order to ensure optimum growth of a tree, proper growth conditions must be maintained as demonstrated in the guide to planting trees.

First, think about a few things. Why are you planting trees? Some people plant trees to provide shade in the summertime and protection from the wind in the winter while others use trees as a way to enhance their property value by providing added privacy.

After determining the purpose for the addition of a tree or group of trees to your landscape your next task is picking a tree. Choosing a tree can become a very time consuming project especially if you’re not sure what to look for.

Select the Right Tree

Tree selection is based upon local climate and soil conditions including drainage as well as the size of your lot. Another fundamental factor is considering the trees approximate distant from other buildings, sidewalks, driveways, utility lines and septic systems. These factors must be taken into consideration once a tree is fully mature both above and below ground. You need to ensure that your fully mature tree will have an adequate amount of room for root growth and to guarantee the tree reaches its maximum growth capacity.

Trees should be planted in good-quality, well-drained soil to avoid pools of water around roots from a lack of proper drainage. Stagnant pools of water around tree roots tend to clock trees available oxygen leading to a condition referred to as root rot.

Knowing the type of tree you want to plant is crucial as well as the best climatic conditions appropriate for planting. Newly planted trees grow best under moderate temperature and should be planted in late summer in order to avoid the extreme high temperatures and to give trees adequate time to grow strong in order to survive through the winter. Fall is therefore an ideal time to plant trees and shrubs.


After planting a new tree, making sure the tree has enough water to survive is yet another task. Due to increased temperatures in the summer, trees should be watered more frequently until the soil is adequately moistened. In the fall, trees also need to be watered more regularly prior to the ground freezing. The worst thing to do to a tree is to over water it resulting in oxygen deprivation.

In addition to local climate, soil conditions, drainage, and lot size, personal taste has a lot to do with the type of trees selected. Some people merely want to plant a tree to enhance the attractiveness of their landscape and property. The guide to planting trees is a great starting point for those interested in planting trees or shrubs.
Posted on Sep 14, 2013


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