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Tree planting considerations

Planting a tree is a long term investment. There are many important factors to consider when establishing a plan for planting.These include selecting species, location and following up with proper planting techniques.

  Although some non native species will adapt to our soils and landscapes it is important to consider native trees for selection. Even though soil amendments can be made to accommodate non native smaller plants and ornamentals, trees require a more extensive area for root growth. Changing the structure of the soil can be a costly repetitive process, with little or no permanent effect.

When selecting a tree it is also important to understand genetic growth patterns inherent to the species. The height and width of a mature tree will determine if the desired location is suitable for the life of the tree. Presence of power lines, structures, and underground utilities must all be considered. Poor placement requires aggressive pruning to accommodate for limited space which results in the overall decline of the tree.

When the right species and location are determined, the planting depth, nursery stock quality, and soil and hole preparation are all key to your tree’s establishment. Recommended planting times in our region are during dormancy which is late fall and winter. For recommendations and installation specific to your property please contact TreeWeaver for a consultation.

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