Before Planting a Tree, Read This

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planting a treeJohnson City, and Kingsport TN

For Tennesseans, the prime time to plant trees is during the fall to late winter, which will soon be upon us, even though we are still suffering through the humid, 100-degree temperatures. If you would like to plant trees on your property but are not sure where to start, here is a helpful guide to help you plan properly. Start planning now so that you will be ready in time for planting season.

Select tree type

Before deciding where you would like to plant your tree, consider which type of tree you prefer for your landscape. When purchasing a tree from a plant nursery, they are typically only a few feet high, but remember, many species of trees grow quite tall and wide. The type of tree that you select may be dependent upon the amount of space you have available in your yard, so this first point goes hand in hand with the space you are choosing for planting.

Select location

When determining an ideal location for planting your new tree, look up, and around the location you wish to plant it. Are there any wires or cabling that may interfere with the tree as it grows? How about your driveway, easements, your home, or other structures that could interfere with the tree’s growth? These factors, and more should be considered before deciding the precise location for planting your tree.

Are elements ideal?Contrary to what many believe, trees do not just grow anywhere and in any type of soil. To thrive, a tree must be grown in an optimal environment. Some trees may only flourish in warmer climates, whereas others, such as evergreens, may thrive during even the harshest winter months.

Hardiness Zone – Consider the plant hardiness zone in which you live, making sure the type of tree you decide to plant will survive.

Soil – Some trees require types of nutrient rich soil found mostly in forests, while other trees may grow well in a more residential type of environment. If you are not sure if your soil is fit for proper tree growth, consider having it tested by a certified arborist.

Water requirements – What type of water requirements does the tree you wish to select require? While many trees rely on rainwater, many young trees require regular watering to spur their growth. This aspect may affect the location of your tree because you may need to plant your tree within the range of a hose or watering source.

As you can see, there are many factors at play when deciding when, where and what type of tree to plant. Hiring a certified Arborist, such as the ones at Promier Tree, will put your mind at ease knowing you are not wasting your money by planting the wrong tree in the wrong place.

Promier Tree, a branch of Promier Landscapes, offers tree care services to residents and business owners in the East Tennessee areas of Bristol and Johnson City.