Planting A New Tree In Your Yard? Tips For Planting And Pruning It

Posted on: 22 February 2016

Trees in a yard can be beneficial, as they provide you with shade, and can also add to the beauty of your landscaping. If you have plans to plant a new tree in your yard, you need to learn a few things before you purchase it, such as planting and pruning them. Keep reading and your young tree will grow to be beautiful, healthy, and strong.

Watch Out for the Roots

When you bring your tree home it may be burlapped and balled, in a container, or a bare root tree. A burlapped and balled tree has a burlap sack placed over the roots. Using gardening scissors, remove as much of the burlap as you can before you plant the tree.

When you remove a container tree from its container, you will see roots and dirt.  If the roots are tight, spread them out with your hands to loosen them before you place the tree in the ground. This allows the roots to more easily spread once they are planted.

A bare root tree has no soil around the roots. If you do not plan to plant the tree as soon as you get home, keep the roots moist by wrapping a damp rag around them. If any of the roots are damaged or broken, you should remove these parts with a gardening knife. Be careful that you do not cut too many of the roots away, however. If many of the roots are broken or damaged, take it back to the gardening center for a new tree.

Your young tree needs as many roots as possible, so it has a better chance of taking root in the soil.

Watch Out for Pruning

Your new tree needs leaves because the provide the tree with food. For this reason, minimize any pruning. If you see broken branches, you can cut these off, but do so as close to the trunk of the tree as you can. This will allow the young tree to create a scab over the cut area and heal the spot.

Look over the branches carefully for insect eggs. If you see them on any branch, you will need to remove that branch. This is because these insect eggs could possibly infect your tree. You should also remove the tree tag before you plant the tree, as the tag will inhibit the growth of the tree. If the tree tab is tightly wrapped around a branch, you may have to cut that branch off.

If you have any questions at all about your new tree, contact a tree trimming service like Arborist Services LLC. They can come to your property and help you get the tree planted, and give you some tips on pruning it.


Keeping Your Trees Healthy

About a year ago, I realized that our front trees were starting to look a little funny. Some of the leaves were wilted, but we weren't anywhere near autumn. The bark on the trunk also seemed to be rotting away, which was frustrating and disappointing. Fortunately, a friend of mine told me to call a professional arborist for help. He came out, inspected the trees, and injected some special pesticides into the trunk. Within a few months, they started to look a lot better. Our arborist also trimmed our trees to reduce the weight load on the branches and to improve their shape. Check out this blog for information about tree trimming.